With an opposition-less Prince Mohammed cosily ensconced with his American and Israeli allies, the three belligerent powers in the region are squaring up for a battle to rid Israel and Saudi Arabia of any challenge to their dominance.
Talmiz Ahmad is a Consulting Editor at The Wire and a former diplomat. He has been the Indian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE.
The end of the caliphate has opened fresh sectarian, ethnic and political fault lines that will suffuse the region in harsh competitions and conflicts for years to come.
The move does not address the onerous burden Saudi women carry on account of the male guardianship system and is instead intended only to shore up the stature of the crown prince.
Instead of calming down, the situation in the Gulf is becoming even more complicated. It is likely that the crisis will go on for a while still, and new relations will emerge from it.
There is little doubt that Modi and Netanyahu bonded warmly during the visit. But, the relationship remains firmly anchored in defence supplies and a few joint ventures, with limited transfer of technology to India.
Mohammed bin Salman, 31, the prince behind Saudi Arabia’s disastrous war in Yemen and boycott of Qatar, has replaced 57-year-old Mohammed bin Naif as crown prince.
Trump’s West Asia tour has made the prospect of engagement and dialogue very remote. The region needs a strong dose of statesmanship and good sense for peace prospects to be revived.
The Turkish president’s comments on Kashmir were made knowing full well they were contrary to India’s position. He was, in fact, brandishing his Islamist credentials.
The conflict is marked by deep ethnic, doctrinal, sectarian and political divisions between national, regional and global powers. No political settlement in the near future could mean a de facto partition of the country.
Narendra Modi, who visits Qatar today, will find a country which holds position that resonate with India’s interests
New Delhi is concerned about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project, part of the new ‘Silk Road’, but it need not despair as India is an important part of the existing multi-polar Asia architecture.
Although he had a clear understanding of the Arab world and was committed to promoting change in West Asia when he first came to power, the US president now appears defeated by contentions and conflicts he did not anticipate nor can control.
India should help prepare a platform for dialogue between Saudi Arabia and Iran to address issues that divide them and foment mistrust.
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The UN report blames Hamas too, but says Israel’s growing ‘military culture’ resulted in the indiscriminate killing of innocent civilians.
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