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Release of Navy Veterans | PM Modi’s Assertive Diplomacy Bears Fruits Yet Again
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Release of Navy Veterans | PM Modi’s Assertive Diplomacy Bears Fruits Yet Again

The release of the naval veterans reflects the massive diplomatic might that India has acquired in the last few years, under an able leadership that understands the gravity and density of geopolitical complexities.One needs to unequivocally acknowledge that, this episode would be marked as one of the greatest diplomatic victories achieved in India’s history.India’s foreign policy and strategic architecture have been revamped by Dr S Jaishankar and Mr Ajit Doval. But the Centripetal force of this strategic transformation happens to be none other than PM Modi. It had been almost four months since eight former Indian Navy personnel were sentenced to death on fake espionage charges in Qatar. There was a large fraternity of journalists, commentators and opposition party leaders, who wer...
India-Oman Relations: Building a Strong “All-Weather” Partnership
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India-Oman Relations: Building a Strong “All-Weather” Partnership

The enduring connection between the ruling family of Oman and India is built on mutual respect and cooperation. The recent visit of Sultan Haitham bin Tarik of Oman to India marks an important moment in the diplomatic ties between the two nations.India views Oman not just as a diplomatic ally but as a gateway to West Asia, fostering peace, stability, and mutually beneficial collaborations. The recent visit of Sultan Haitham bin Tarik of Oman to India marks an important moment in the diplomatic ties between the two nations. This visit is particularly significant as it is Sultan Haitham's first to India since taking office in January 2020. The historical background of Indo-Omani relations is enriched by pivotal agreements on trade, defence, and security, laying a robust foundation fo...
Arab-Islamic Summit – A Reflection of Regional Divisions and Self-Serving Politics
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Arab-Islamic Summit – A Reflection of Regional Divisions and Self-Serving Politics

The rift among Arab Islamic states over ties with Israel, particularly in the context of the Gaza conflict, has indeed left the Palestine question orphaned as countries prioritize their own interests.Some countries may push for a more confrontational position, including severing ties with Israel, while others may prefer to prioritize diplomatic or economic interests above such harsh measures. A multitude of factors, including political affiliations, economic interests, and historical links, can all have an impact on the final statement. In the midst of escalating Israeli attacks on the Palestinian people, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation conducted a Joint Arab- Islamic Summit in Riyadh on Saturday, November 11, 2023, at the request of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. S...
Israel-Palestine Dispute – Need For A Multifaceted Approach To A Regional Discord
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Israel-Palestine Dispute – Need For A Multifaceted Approach To A Regional Discord

The continued control of Hamas over the region could potentially exacerbate the existing economic challenges, leading to detrimental ramifications for the populace. An unequivocal demarcation of the two regions seems imperative, rendering the successful implementation of a two-state model unfeasible and prompting consideration for a three-state framework. Any solution entailing the legitimisation of Hamas's authority over the Gaza Strip will pose a potential threat to Israel's national security and territorial integrity. The conflict between Israel and Palestine has undergone several phases, each imbuing it with distinctive complexities. Originating as a dispute between Zionism and Palestinian nationalism, the conflict primarily revolved around land ownership. Over time, the Palest...
Syria’s Reinstatement in the Arab League – Crucial Step Towards Peace or Condoning Crimes on Humanity?
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Syria’s Reinstatement in the Arab League – Crucial Step Towards Peace or Condoning Crimes on Humanity?

Syria's reinstatement to the Arab League marks a significant turning point in its recuperation and diplomatic re-engagement with the world. Some see it as a crucial step towards ending the crisis and bringing calm back to the area, while others claim it sends an inaccurate message regarding violations of human rights and damages the Arab League's authenticity. The reinstatement of Syria to the Arab League, after twelve years of isolation on May 19, 2023, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia is seen as a big symbolic achievement of Damascus, a strong regional realignment and proof of the US ‘fading influence’.[1] This reflects the most recent development following the wave of peace that emerged as a result of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. This marks the b...
Changing Dynamics of the Middle East – Towards Stability or More Uncertainty?
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Changing Dynamics of the Middle East – Towards Stability or More Uncertainty?

The changing dynamics and complex tableau of Arab polities and societies defy simple narratives and well-worn clichés.The concept of governance and economic development is said to have spread throughout the Arab world, one that promotes itself as being resilient but also innovative and worthy of emulation. Even though some of the Middle East's most prominent conflicts may have ended, the region is still undergoing significant change, both internally and externally. The pandemic's shock and the conflict in Ukraine are, in many ways, omens of the Arab world's gloomier future. In the Arab world, a wide range of events have happened since 2011 such as geopolitical changes, climate shocks, rising economic pressure and authoritarian restructuring. The shape for the next decade is shapin...
Iran Claims Bahrain: Disruption in West Asia
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Iran Claims Bahrain: Disruption in West Asia

British-ruled Bahrain was claimed by Iran for the first time in 1957, when it was under the Shah’s reign and still a British protectorate. In 1970, the UN held a referendum asking the people of Bahrain whether they preferred an independent state for themselves or joining Iran. The populace overwhelmingly supported freedom and sovereignty. Israel is also one of the reasons behind the tense relations between Iran and Bahrain.Reviving the false territorial claims on Bahrain, Iran could potentially target its global and regional adversary's interests. Iran is the latest viral trend in the international arena. In the past few weeks, if any nation has succeeded in grabbing the media's time and attention after the Russia-Ukraine war, it has been Iran. Whether Iran decides to join the Shan...
The United States will never leave the Middle East, Biden told Arab leaders
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The United States will never leave the Middle East, Biden told Arab leaders

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receives U.S. President Joe Biden at Al Salman Palace upon his arrival in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, July 15, 2022. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via On July 13, US President Joe Biden landed at Tel Aviv Airport on a historic tour of the Middle East. There are many reasons why Biden visited the Middle East. Security and economic partnerships have made Israel a major ally of US interests. Israel has received the largest US defense funding and support since World War II. His interest in oil led Biden to visit Saudi Arabia to lower gasoline prices during periods of high oil prices. Joe Biden said in a summit meeting with Arab leaders on Saturday that the United States is trying to secure stability in volatile regions of the world,...
Morocco becomes 6th Arab country to normalise ties with Israel; US to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara
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Morocco becomes 6th Arab country to normalise ties with Israel; US to recognise Morocco’s sovereignty over Western Sahara

Summary:  Israel and Morocco have agreed to normalise relations in a deal brokered by the United States. As part of the agreement, US has agreed to recognise Morocco’s claim over the Western Sahara. The Polisario Front wants to establish an independent state in the territory with the backing of Algeria and the African Union. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the deal as historic and thanked Trump for his extraordinary efforts. However, Palestine has criticised the deal saying it encouraged Israel's 'denial of their rights' over the territory. Polisario Front has said that it will continue to fight for the right of the Saharawi people to establish an independent state. Morocco becomes the fourth Arab country to set aside hostilities with Israel and normalise ...