West Asia Round up- June 2020

Abstract The mutually decimating spat among the Gulf nations, Qatar Vs Quartet (comprising of Saudi Arabia, UAE , Bahrain + Egypt) celebrated its 3rd anniversary in dismay as no signs of thaw are seen despite US efforts even though they have been

Lebanon Protests amidst Covid-19 Crisis

Political Blocs in Lebanon March 8 Alliance: Development and Resistance Bloc Free Patriotic Movement Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc (includes Hezbollah) Nasserite Popular Movement Popular Bloc Syrian Ba'th Party Syrian Social Nation

West Asia Roundup - May 2020

Abstract: 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 containment actions

Fragile Unity Government in Israel

On 20 April 2020, the incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud Party signed an agreement to form unity government with Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan Party ending the yearlong political deadlock and averting the possibility of fourth electio

COVID-19 in West Asia: Implications for India

The COVID-19 crisis has reflected the significance of nation-state and national boundaries continue to remain the principle barrier to contain the transmission of the pandemic. The initial response in most states included the sealing off of land bord

West Asia Roundup - March 2020

Abstract: COVID-19 Pandemic continued to cause havoc globally as well as in the Middle East where most of the returning or evacuated nationals as well as travellers from the infected countries carried the virus. Iran was the most infected country

COVID-19: Developments in North Africa

The North African region in relative terms has managed to contain the transmission of the pandemic and the number of confirmed cases until 31 March 2020 has remained under 1000 in all the five states. Egypt was the first African state and second in t

COVID-19: Developments in West Asia

The West Asian region is presently one of the worst affected regions hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The UAE was the first state in the region to report a positive case. Iran subsequently, emerged as a major hotspot for the transmission of the virus in

West Asia Roundup– February 2020

Abstract: US-Taliban After a weeklong trial halt in violence by Taliban against US or Afghan targets the Peace Agreement was signed between US and Taliban in Doha that seeks to end the 19 years old war and presence of US forces in Afghanistan

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