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The Israeli-UAE Deal

On 13th August 2020, President Trump announced that he had brokered a deal between Israel and the U.A.E to normalize relations. It is rather strange that a third country should be the first to announce a deal between two other countries. Obviously, T....

Indonesia and the Growing Influence of Islam

Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country but is not an Islamic State. It is governed by its doctrine of Pancasila enshrined in the Constitution1. Besides its belief in One God, the Constitution also recognises six religions in Ind....

Iran’s Nuclear Quest in Recess

On July 2, some explosions at the nuclear component facility at Natanz in Iran appear to have damaged the crucial centrifuges delaying its programme by at least two years as per Iranian officials. Earlier, there was yet another blast said to be at th....

The Disarray in the Gulf Cooperation Council

The 5th of June 2020 marks a sad day in the annals of the 6-member GCC (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, and Bahrain) founded in 1981. On 5th June 2017 the Crown Princes of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. broke off relations with ....

Pakistan: Worsening Economic Condition

Pakistan was already going through an economic slowdown when the COVID outbreak took place. It had received the US $ 6 billion of assistance from the IMF under Extended Fund Facility last year. The money came with conditions. The IMF policy of inflat....

West Asia Roundup - May 2020

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West Asia continued to suffer under the onslaught of Covid -19. While Iran despite its socio-economic problems and US sanctions remained the major victim in the region others caught up rather fast. Some took early c....

The Agony of Yemen

In our pre-occupation with the coronavirus crisis, with a rising death toll, apparently unstoppable (27,370 on 28th March, 05 22 GMT), we should not fail to take note of an unhappy fifth anniversary of the war in Yemen, or more accurately, the war on....

Libya – the Unfortunate Domain of International Competition: Berlin and Beyond

Soon it will be almost a decade of destruction in Libya which in many ways could be the worst extension of the four decades of Gaddafi’s autocratic rule. On February 17, 2011 ecstatic Libyans had jubilantly marched their revolution for a ‘New Lib....

West Asia Review, October, 2018

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) - Jamal Khashoggi Fiasco
Saudi Arabia and its maverick Prince Mohammed Bin Salman called upon themselves the global criticism due to a botched up assassination of an insider-outsider critic in Khashoggi insid....

Diplomatic Isolation of Qatar: Causes and Consequences

Recently, three of Qatar’s most powerful neighbours decided to severe ties with the gas-rich country. Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt announced to severe all– sea, land, air, diplomatic – linkages with Qatar. This i....

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