Watch | Contemporary West Asia: Rivalries, Conflicts and the Way Forward

In conversation with Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad.

Happymon Jacob speaks to Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad (retired Indian diplomat and author) about the current state of affairs in West Asia. He provides a sweeping survey of politics in West Asia in the context of great power politics. He provides a critical account of US interventionism in the region and its consequences, both intended and unintended.

Ahmad traces the genealogy of various regional conflicts: Arab-Israeli (Israel-Palestine) conflict, the stand-off between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and other major crises in Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere. Ahmad also offers a way forward.