Hirak Jyoti Das is a Research Associate at Vivekananda International Foundation and a doctoral candidate in Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. His doctoral research is titled, "Israel's Security Predicaments since the fall of Hosni Mubarak regime in Egypt". His research interests are India's relations with Persian Gulf states, Domestic and foreign policies of Qatar and Kuwait, Israel's security and arms policy, Israel's domestic politics, Post-Arab Spring domestic and foreign policy of Egypt and the role of Islamic movements i.e. Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Movement in Israel.

Contributions 
West Asia Round Up: August 2020 ABSTRACT: August witnessed monumental events in the region. US sponsored rapprochement between UAE and Israel; Pompeo’s visit to Khartoum; Beirut blasts; attempts to ceasefire in Libya; Iraqi PM’s visits to Iran and USA; Defeat...

West Asia Round Up: July 2020 ABSTRACT: China-Iran deal announced earlier this month continued to reverberate through the continent and elsewhere that has been dictated by the enhanced US-China and US-Iran rivalry. The proposed 25 years Agreement , which has b...

Finding a Solution to the Nile Dispute The construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) since April 2011 has emerged as a bone of contention between Egypt famously known as the ‘Gift of Nile’ and Ethiopia that controls 85 percent of the water flow of the river. The dispu...

West Asia Round up- June 2020 Abstract The mutually decimating spat among the Gulf nations, Qatar Vs Quartet (comprising of Saudi Arabia, UAE , Bahrain + Egypt) celebrated its 3rd anniversary in dismay as no signs of thaw are seen despite US efforts even though...

Lebanon Protests amidst Covid-19 Crisis Political Blocs in Lebanon March 8 Alliance: Development and Resistance Bloc Free Patriotic Movement Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc (includes Hezbollah) Nasserite Popular Movement ...

Occasional Papers 
Battleground Idlib: Russia and Turkey’s Interests amidst the COVID-19 crisis The civil war in Syria similar to the continuing conflicts in Yemen and Libya has its roots in the 2011 Arab spring protests. The protracted conflict between President Bashar Al-Assad’s forces and a fragmented opposition has been diffused by Russia...

Interests and Contests of Houthi and Al-Hirak Movements in Yemen crisis … there is apparently a tacit understanding between the UAE and Saudi Arabia over the STC-Hadi government conflict … the recent attempts in September 2019 to bring STC and the Hadi government to the negotiating table reflect Saudi attempts to rea...

Book Published / Book Reviews 
In The Name of the Nation: India and Its Northeast by Sanjib Baruah, Stanford University Press: Stanford, 2020, 297 pp, ISBN: 9781503610705 In the Name of the Nation: India and its North East, authored by Sanjib Baruah interrogates the interaction of North East India with the territorial conceptions of the post colonial nation-state and state sovereignty. The North Eastern Region consist...

Issue Briefs 
The Role of Qatar and UAE in the Libyan Civil War Introduction The foreign policy approach of the Persian Gulf States is motivated by specific threats to regional stability. The strategic goals of these states have continuously evolved since the 2011 Arab Spring based on shifts in threat...

Event Reports 
Developments in West Asia The Vivekananda International Foundation organised a virtual interactive session on the subject, “Developments in West Asia” on 13 July 2020. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF delivered his opening remarks and introduced the central topics, i.e. Geo...

VIF Presentation cum discussions on West Asia The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) organised two sets of interactive discussions on the impact of COVID-19 in West Asia and its implications on India. On 7 May 2020, Amb. D P Srivastava Distinguished Fellow, VIF spoke on the topic, “Ge...

Interaction on the Armenian Genocide: History and Perspective The Vivekananda International Foundation organised a virtual interactive session on the subject, “Armenian Genocide: History and Perspective” on 24 April 2020. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF delivered his opening remarks highlighting the relevanc...

UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People The Vivekananda International Foundation organized an interactive session with the ‘UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People’ on 2 March 2020. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF delivered his opening remarks fo...

Interaction on US-Iran Tensions after the Death of Major General Qassem Soleimani The Vivekananda International Foundation organized an interactive session on “Interaction on US-Iran tensions after the death of Major General Qassem Soleimani” on 7 January 2020. Dr Arvind Gupta, Director, VIF delivered his opening remarks follo...

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