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 
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...

West Asia Review - November 2020 ABSTRACT: Even though sunset on Trump Presidency has begun the Middle East continued to engage his attention. His Secretary of State Pompeo visited the region especially Turkey, UAE, Saudi Arabia , Qatar and Israel to follow throu...

West Asia Round up – October 2020 ABSTRACT: Normalisation of ties by someArab countries with Israel after UAE and Bahrain continued as Sudan’s transitional government, despite internal opposition, established diplomatic relations at the behest...

Uyghur Forced Labour in China The availability of cheap workforce has significantly contributed in transforming China into an industrial powerhouse in the present century. The labour force in China however, faces systematic abuses and they are denied protection of workers’ righ...

VIF 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...

VIF Briefs 
Understanding Israel as Jewish Democratic State Israel since its formation in 1948 continues to remain as one of the few democratic states in West Asian region. The state of Israel officially calls itself as a Jewish democratic state. The research seeks to explore the stated dual objectives i.e. J...

Quagmire in Lebanon: Between Domestic Mismanagement and External Interference Lebanon in the current decade has witnessed pressing economic instability, political turmoil, large scale protests, and clashes with security officials, fires and explosion exposing the gross mismanagement and the incapacity of the present political ...

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 
West Asia Experts Group Meeting The West Asia Experts Group Meeting was virtually held on 4 August 2021 by the Vivekananda International Foundation, the discussion was focussed on India-Turkey Relations; Turkey’s Foreign Policy and its Regional role. The key speakers in the se...

Iran: US Sanctions and Regional and International Perspectives The Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF) on 29 September 2020 organised a virtual discussion on the topic titled, “Iran: US Sanctions and Regional and International Perspectives”. Amb. D P Srivastava was the key speaker in the discussion. D...

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...

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