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Wrecking Beyond Intelligence – The Strategic Failures of Israel’s Security Apparatus
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Wrecking Beyond Intelligence – The Strategic Failures of Israel’s Security Apparatus

Hamas is neither a cohesive nor a conventional force. It is neither a nation, nor an armed force, and this is the reason why Israel needs to deal with them by developing robust and cohesive counter-insurgency measures.Though Israel has a clear conventional military superiority over its hostile neighbours, when it comes to counter-insurgency and prevention of attacks from terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, it has not been able to wipe them out or reduce them to insignificance.However advanced and state-of-the-art technology grows, complete reliance on technology and the downgrading of key aspects of human intelligence can be lethal for any modern combats. The recent surprise attack by the Hamas terror outfit in Israel, by the name ‘Operation Al Aqsa Flood’ has sent several ...
Middle East | Analysing the Impact of the Dispute over the Dorra Gas Field
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Middle East | Analysing the Impact of the Dispute over the Dorra Gas Field

Even as Iran and Saudi Arabia resolved to resume diplomatic relations early this year, the dispute over the Dorra gas field could be an impediment and harm bilateral relations. The Dorra gas field has enormous gas reserves, and whoever gets the right over it could get huge economic benefits. Iran's energy resources would be improved, and it could potentially exert more influence in the region if it were to take control of the field. This dispute might also affect Kuwait's ties to Iran because the Dorra gas field offers a substantial potential supply of natural gas reserves. Iran’s relations with other West Asian countries including Saudi Arabia and Kuwait have improved during the past few months as a result of agreements signed with these countries. Despite all this Iran’s ties wit...
India, Iran and Armenia – Analysing the growing bonhomie among the trio
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India, Iran and Armenia – Analysing the growing bonhomie among the trio

The trilateral group comes as a response to the collaboration between Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan. India has reason to have good ties with Iran and Armenia given the fact that Azerbaijan and Turkey have routinely supported Pakistan on the global stage and have also opposed India's close ties with Armenia.Dualism may work well in your political and economic syllabus but it won't always help in reality and there is no strong solution for any international crisis as long as this remains. There was a trilateral meeting between the officials of Armenia, Iran and India. Much like the kind hosted by Azerbaijan, Turkey and Pakistan, the foreign officials met on the 20th of April in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. The Armenian delegation was led by deputy minister of Foreign Affairs, M...
Saudi Arabia and Iran – Regional and Global Implications of Improving Ties Between the Two Arab Neighbours
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Saudi Arabia and Iran – Regional and Global Implications of Improving Ties Between the Two Arab Neighbours

The ramifications to the world order due to the thawing relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran are challenging and multifaceted as the responses of other regional and international actors vary as per their national interests in the Middle East region. Improved ties between Riyadh and Tehran might have a significant impact on Syria, where Saudi Arabia and Iran have supported opposing factions in the civil war there. The agreement between Saudi Arabia and Iran may have repercussions for the US-led strategy to economically isolate Tehran and also casts a doubt on a US diplomatic effort to mediate a formal diplomatic opening between Saudi Arabia and Israel. On March 10, 2023, Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to resume diplomatic ties and reopen embassies after several years of animosi...
Yemen Civil War | Can Iran – Saudi Arabia detente bring much-needed peace in the region?
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Yemen Civil War | Can Iran – Saudi Arabia detente bring much-needed peace in the region?

Though Iran has pledged to stop supplying weapons to Yemen as part of its agreement, ending the dispute would not be simple.Riyadh will have to handle the intricate relationship between Iran’s hopes for economic gains from a de-escalation and the tightening of U.S.-led sanctions on Iran.China stepped in to mediate at a time when Saudi Arabia was gaining ground in the region’s diplomatic and economic power dynamics. The recent détente between Saudi Arabia and Iran is probably going to have a big impact on the civil war in Yemen and could speed up negotiations between Riyadh and the Houthi movement for peace, but it also runs the risk of excluding other groups, such as the main separatist faction, women, and western governments. Although direct negotiations between Saudi Arabia and t...
What Iran-Saudi Arabia Deal means for the Middle East and the world
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What Iran-Saudi Arabia Deal means for the Middle East and the world

The recently established deal between Iran and Saudi Arabis could reduce tensions in the region but also asserts China's growing influence in the Middle East. Saudi Minister of State and National Security Adviser Musaed Al Aiban, China's Director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Wang Yi, and Iran's Rear Admiral Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, in Beijing.  Regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran announced on Friday they are restoring full diplomatic relations in a deal brokered by China, a move that could reduce tensions in the region and asserts China's growing influence in the Gulf. The agreement paves the way for Saudi Arabia and Iran to reopen their embassies and diplomatic missions within the coming two months. It a...
Analysing Israel and Iran Relations – Past, Present and Future
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Analysing Israel and Iran Relations – Past, Present and Future

With the onset of the Abraham Accord, there are hopes of peace in the region and it is the responsibility of the two countries to sort out their differences and not turn them into further disputes. Acrimony between Iran and Israel, it may be hard to imagine that the countries ever had friendly relations and cooperation on multiple levels. Yet they were once friends and allies. And even after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, when Iran abruptly severed diplomatic ties with Israel, military cooperation continued for several years as Iran turned to Israel to arm it during its devastating war with neighbouring Iraq. Even today, as the tension between the two countries, continues to mount and the danger of a direct confrontation appears genuine, one can reasonably say the two countries we...
Russian-Iran Relations – Partnership to Counter US hegemony or a Threat to World Peace?
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Russian-Iran Relations – Partnership to Counter US hegemony or a Threat to World Peace?

Russia often treats other countries as partners of convenience when things get tough with the West. The Putin-Khamenei meeting, which took place in July on the sidelines of a summit in Tehran, was significant for the relationship between the two countries. It was timed to send a signal to external players rather than to forge an even deeper alliance between Russia and Iran. Putin’s visit to Iran was his first trip to a country other than a former Soviet state since he launched the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. It proved useful to Tehran at a time when Iran was under growing Western pressure to commit to restoring the JCPOA. By hosting the summit in Tehran and signing major energy agreements with Russia, Iran signalled that it had other options and that it was not desperate for a dea...
Iran: Dichotomy, Fault Lines & Lies
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Iran: Dichotomy, Fault Lines & Lies

Muslim women globally seek to be free from the hijab and burka. In India, it is the other way. Radical religious fanatics push for the regressive dress code. While the extremist Islamists – jihadists came to claim the link between hijab and Islam, women and girls have made attempts to free women from this barbaric tradition. There is no law in the Indian constitution mandating a code of conduct for women as in the case of the Iranian theocracy.Islamic countries are distancing themselves from repressive practices and in a democratic country like India, Muslim girls are bound by these practices owing to radical individuals and entities.Muslim intelligentsia, scholars and the leadership seem to have their own girls and women in insisting on Hijab or depicting it as part of Islamic pra...
Hijab: A Symbol of Choice or Social Oppression?
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Hijab: A Symbol of Choice or Social Oppression?

Hijab has been one of the most tweeted and searched keywords on the internet in the past few months. After the students’ protest in Karnataka in early 2022, the question of the Hijab regained public consciousness after the death of Mahsa Amini in the state of Iran. Late Ms Amini was a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was visiting Tehran and living her life peacefully without hurting or violating anyone’s rights and freedoms. Yet, she was arrested by the ‘Morality Police’ of Iran, detained and tortured until she died due to grave injuries to her head. Her death became the catalyst for hundreds and thousands of women facing strict restrictions and oppression from the Iranian clergy. With the slogan ‘Women, Life, Liberty,’ demonstrators have gone to the streets, removing their veils or cutt...