Critical Assessment of BRI Projects in Iraq

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), formulated in 2013 consists of two parts: firstly, “Silk Road Economic Belt” (SREB), connecting Central Asia, Iran, Turkey and eventually to Europe and secondly, “Maritime Silk Road” (MSR), originatin

Impact of Russia-Ukraine Conflict on Food Security in Egypt

On 24 February 2022, Russia launched military campaign against Ukraine after months of posturing, military build-ups and breakdown of the Minsk agreement that failed to resolve the conflict between the Ukrainian government and Russian-backed separati

West Asian and North African states’ Response to Russia-Ukraine Crisis

On 24 February 2022, Russia launched military campaign against Ukraine after months of posturing, military build-ups and breakdown of the Minsk agreement that failed to stall the conflict between Russian-backed separatists in the two breakaway region

Review of India’s Engagement with West Asia

The West Asian region is considered as India’s extended neighbourhood. India’s engagement with the region is rooted in history, cultural exchanges and vibrant diaspora. West Asia is crucial for India’s energy needs and economic pursuits. India

West Asia: Projections for 2022

The regional actors in the West Asian region have taken measures towards reconciliation in light of US’ attempts to re-negotiate the 2015 JCPOA; Taliban rule in Afghanistan; economic crises; inequalities perpetuated by COVID-19 and limited success

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West Asia: Looking Back at 2021

Atmosphere of Reconciliation The atmosphere of reconciliation is a welcome change which is necessary for the volatile region plagued by geopolitical, geo-economic and geo-religious contestations. Saudi Arabia and the UAE in 2021 have taken measur

Houthi Strike at Abu Dhabi

The Houthi attack using ballistic missiles and drones at an oil refinery in Abu Dhabi’s Musaffah Industrial City that killed two Indians and one Pakistani national on 17 January 2022 has drawn attention to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)’s role in

What to Expect from Ebrahim Raisi Presidency in Iran

Iran’s current Chief Justice Ebrahim Raisi has been elected as the new President receiving 61.95 percent of total votes. The presidential election held on 18 June 2021 saw the lowest turnout at 48.8 percent since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Intere

Trends in West Asia in 2020

COVID-19 in West Asia The COVID-19 pandemic has a devastating impact on human lives and the economic situation in the West Asian and North African region. The UAE was the first state in the region to report a positive case on 29 January. Iran su

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