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The game of deterrence between Iran and Israel has changed

Iran's attack on Israel on April 13, crossed Tel Aviv's red line. Until it reciprocates (if it does), it is Israel that is caught in a commitment trap

An anti-missile system operates after Iran launched drones and missiles towards Israel, as seen from Ashkelon, Israel. (REUTERS FILE)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 08:10 PM IST

Amidst the Iran-Israel escalation loop, India is not spoilt for choice

While the crew of captured ships have traditionally been released unharmed, the current crisis presents a new frontier for Indian foreign policy

An official slides down a rope during a helicopter raid on MSC Aries ship.(via REUTERS)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 03:48 PM IST

Saudi-Pakistan joint statement on Kashmir shows Riyadh’s balancing act

The recent joint statement between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, calling for dialogue to resolve the Kashmir dispute, marks a subtle shift in Riyadh's stance.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Bahrain's Crown Prince and Prime Minister Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa in his palace on the eve of 29th Ramadan, during the holy month of Ramadan, in the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, April 7, 2024. Saudi Press Agency/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY(via REUTERS)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 11:25 PM IST

Eye on the Middle East | Why did Israel attack the Iranian Consulate in Syria?

The longer and wider Israel’s war, the less sympathy it gets internationally, and the lesser the chances of Arab-Israeli normalisation coming back on track

A satellite image shows the Iranian embassy and consulate following a suspected Israeli strike, in Damascus, Syria April 2, 2024 in this handout image. Maxar Technologies/Handout via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. MANDATORY CREDIT. DO NOT CROP OR REMOVE WATERMARK(via REUTERS)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 10:17 PM IST

With the end of Ramzan nearing, has the UNSC’s call for a ceasefire helped?

As the death toll in Gaza approaches 33,000, the March 25 resolution has so far failed to create binding obligations on Israel to halt its military campaign

FILE PHOTO: Members of the United Nations Security Council meet on the day of a vote on a Gaza resolution that demands an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan leading to a permanent sustainable ceasefire, and the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, at U.N. headquarters in New York City, U.S., March 25, 2024. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 06:13 PM IST

Eye on the Middle East | The Islamic State Khorasan province is coming of age

While the motivations of the IS behind the deadly bombing of Crocus City Hall in Moscow are still unclear, its historic focus on Russia is illuminating

A view shows the burning Crocus City Hall concert hall following the shooting incident in Krasnogorsk, outside Moscow, on March 22, 2024.(AFP)
Published on Mar 26, 2024 07:26 PM IST

The Indian Navy’s anti-piracy operations are geopolitically vital

The northern Indian Ocean has witnessed a burst of activity recently. However, the Navy’s increasing presence in NIO is driven by more than just anti-piracy.

New Delhi, Mar 21 (ANI): Indian Navy's INS Tir and INS Sujata participate in the second edition of a joint maritime exercise India Mozambique Tanzania (IMT) Tri-Lateral (TRILAT) being held from March 21-29. (ANI Photo)(Indian Navy)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 04:16 PM IST

Analysis of India's voting patterns on Israel-Palestine issues at the UN

While the India-Israel relationship has gone from strength to strength, India’s support of UN resolutions critical of Israel has remained largely unchanged

US Ambassador to the UN Linda Thomas-Greenfield listens as Algerian Ambassador to the UN Amar Bendjama speaks during a UN Security Council meeting on the Israel-Hamas war, at UN Headquarters in New York City on February 20, 2024 (Photo by ANGELA WEISS / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Mar 21, 2024 12:06 AM IST

How the Tehran-Riyadh rapprochement holds out, a year on

March 10 marked one year since Iran and Saudi Arabia entered into a Beijing-brokered reconciliation. Now the Gaza war presents new opportunities and challenges

Wang Yi (centre), a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China’s Central Committee and director of the Office of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission, Ali Shamkhani (right), the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, and Minister of State and national security adviser of Saudi Arabia Musaad bin Mohammed Al Aiban pose for pictures during a meeting in Beijing, China. (REUTERS)
Published on Mar 15, 2024 05:36 PM IST

What a history of hostage swaps can tell us about a potential deal in Gaza

During a peak in conflict, a deal allows both sides to meet their politico-military objectives. So what’s different this time around?

A person rides a bicycle past photos of hostages who were kidnapped in the deadly October 7 attack on Israel by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas from Gaza, in Tel Aviv, Israel March 6, 2024. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins(REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 07:17 PM IST

Eye on the Middle East | The case 52 states made against Israel before the ICJ

The court recently offered provisional measures over Israel’s violations of the Genocide Convention. Now it'll adjudicate on legal impact of Israel's polices

Public hearings were held between February 19 and 26 at the International Court of Justice on the
Published on Mar 03, 2024 07:45 PM IST

Between the Gulf and the Sea, a changing geopolitical scenario

The Red Sea is the eye of the storm today, with its winds changing West Asian international relations for actors both within and outside the region

An Israeli Navy missile boat is seen off the coast of Eilat, October 31, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 08:44 PM IST

The United States has subtly shifted its stand towards the Israel-Gaza war

From outright support to characterising Israel's offensive on the Palestinians as "over the top", the US needs to protect its interests in West Asia's crises

Neighbors inspect the rubble of the Hasouna family house, which was struck by an Israeli airstrike during an operation to rescue two hostages in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024. Ibrahim Hasouna, who was away at the time of the airstrike, says his entire family was killed, including his parents, two brothers, his sister-in-law and three nieces and nephews. AP/PTI(AP02_14_2024_000001B)(AP)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 05:27 PM IST

Will these mediators help bring about a ceasefire in Gaza?

Egypt and Qatar can not only help negotiate a peace deal between Israel and Gaza, but also bring long-term stability to the West Asia region

Smoke billows over the southern Lebanese border village of El-Khiam during Israeli bombardment on February 7, 2024, amid cross-border tensions with Lebanon, as fighting continues between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas in Gaza. (Photo by Rabih DAHER / AFP)(AFP)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 09:00 PM IST

Eye on the Middle East | Killing of US forces in Jordan & Washington’s response

The destabilisation of the US-Iraq relationship is the latest strategic butterfly effect of the Gaza war; its spillover effects have now hit Jordan

A satellite photo from Planet Labs PBC of military base Tower 22, located in northeastern Jordan. On January 28, three personnel of the United States Army were killed in a drone strike(AP)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 04:50 PM IST

Eye on the Middle East | ICJ interim order is a signal for peace in the region

A political solution to the Israel-Palestine question shall act as a cushion to absorb any International Court of Justice's verdict on genocide in the future

Judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) rule on emergency measures against Israel following accusations by South Africa that the Israeli military operation in Gaza is a state-led genocide, in The Hague, Netherlands, January 26, 2024.(REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw)
Published on Jan 28, 2024 01:18 PM IST

Eye on the Middle East | Why did Iran open a fresh front with Pakistan?

Two Islamic Republics strike each other purportedly to wipe out separatist militant groups. This fresh hostility is undergirded by a history of suspicion

Miniature soldiers are seen in front of Iranian and Pakistani flags in this illustration taken,(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 19, 2024 09:17 PM IST

Sectarian flames in West Asia’s furnace: Why did the Islamic State attack Iran?

The IS attack in Iran is the result of a long-standing ideological war, which gets lost in the fog of political crises in the Middle East

People pray over the flag-draped coffins of victims of Wednesday's bomb explosion during their funeral ceremony in the city of Kerman about 510 miles (820 kms) southeast of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 5, 2024. Iran on Friday mourned those slain in an Islamic State group-claimed suicide bombing targeting a commemoration for a general slain in a U.S. drone strike in 2020. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)(AP)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 09:27 PM IST

Are the Houthis taking the Israel-Palestine conflict into new waters?

A militia involved in Yemen’s civil war attacked vessels in the Red Sea. What’s curious is how the Middle East is responding this time around. Here’s why

FILE PHOTO: Houthi military helicopter flies over the Galaxy Leader cargo ship in the Red Sea in this photo released November 20, 2023. Houthi Military Media/Handout via REUTERS//File Photo(via REUTERS)
Published on Jan 05, 2024 08:30 AM IST

Death of a Messenger: What Saleh al-Arouri’s death means for Hamas

A 1991 Hebron University Hamas recruit, Arouri handled a range of tasks for Hamas - recruitments, donations and funds, as well as weapons procurement.

A woman touches a picture of deputy head of Hamas, Saleh al-Arouri, who was killed by what Lebanese and Palestinian security sources say was a drone strike by Israel, as mourners gather during his funeral in Beirut, Lebanon January 4, 2024. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied that it killed Arouri in the attack. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir(REUTERS)
Published on Jan 04, 2024 10:14 PM IST
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