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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Issue 2234

India and the Middle East/The Middle East and the Indo-Pacific
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Engaging India Through The Middle East

by Dinsha Mistreevia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

In recent years the United States has been pursuing stronger relations with India, and for good reason. Setting aside that India is important in its own right—with more than 18 percent of the world’s population and with the sixth largest economy in the world—policymakers and strategists are also recognizing India’s power in regional and global affairs. Consider some of the most important international events over the past decade. The US has turned to India for support in sanctioning Iran, for rebuilding Afghanistan, for jointly working against terrorism in the region, and more recently, for coordinating on China and the Indo-Pacific. Developing a strong relationship with India is clearly in line with US interests.

Featured Analysis

Extending The Indo-US Partnership To The Middle East: Prospects And Limits Of Cooperation

by Hasan Alhasanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The quadrilateral meeting that brought India together with the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates in October 2021 has raised hopes that the US-India partnership in the Indo-Pacific could extend to the Middle East. As Washington diverts its attention and resources to the competition with China and Russia, American strategists hope that US partners could be counted on to carry a larger share of the regional security burden. India, in particular, has considerable economic and security interests in the Middle East; it sources over 58% of its crude petroleum imports from the region which is also home to about 9 million Indians, accounting for over 50% of India’s inward remittances. 

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A Potential Indo-Med Collaboration

by Abraham D. Sofaervia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Hoover Institution's Working Group on the Middle East has initiated an important discussion that is particularly significant to me, a Hoover scholar of Middle Eastern Jewish origin, born and raised in India, who has had the privilege of representing the U.S. in negotiations with Egypt, Iran, and Israel.

Featured Analysis

Israel-UAE Economic Cooperation Has Deep Roots And Broad Dividends

by Katherine Bauervia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

It was not a foregone conclusion that normalization between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain (and later Sudan and Morocco) would stick when the Abraham Accords were announced amid our collective pandemic fog in August 2020.  Nonetheless, looking back it is possible to place the move within broader regional trends. Going forward, bilateral trade and investment are likely to underpin cooperation in other areas. However, it may be joint investments in third countries and other multilateral economic arrangements that will do the most to advance shared strategic objectives.

Featured Analysis

Transforming Relations Across The Persian Gulf And The Middle East

by David C. Mulfordvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

In 1973, six months after the Yom Kippur war, Saudi Arabia announced on behalf of the OPEC oil producers‘ cartel a four-fold increase in the world price of oil. The announcement was a major shock to the world economy at the time and since has had lasting effects both on the global economy and foreign policy developments of major nations.

Featured Analysis

India And The United States: Expanding Indo-Pacific Cooperation To The Middle East

by S. Paul Kapurvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

During the Obama administration, the United States began deprioritizing the Middle East, turning its attention increasingly to the Indo-Pacific and the challenge of rising Chinese power. Biden administration officials have stated that they intend to continue the process. As a result, the United States could find itself drawing down its Middle East presence even as an increasingly ambitious China makes strategic inroads in the region through such measures as its Belt-and-Road Initiative.

Featured Analysis

India’s Larger Regional Strategy

by Rajendra Abhyankar via The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

In India’s regional strategy, the countries in the Middle East, particularly the Gulf states, Israel and Iran hold a pivotal place. India has tried to balance its policy in the region to prioritize energy security and accelerate economic ties. However, India will continue to be susceptible to the range of intra-regional conflicts that will test its ability to protect its interests.

Featured Analysis

The Need For Transregional Strategies In Eurasia

by Admiral Gary Rougheadvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Crafting security and defense strategies is hard.  Doing so in a time of significant geopolitical, economic, and technical change is harder, and implementing new and more relevant strategies with dated security organizational structures is harder still.  Add to that a biased calculus of power and any resulting strategy is sure to miss the mark.   All these cautions should be top of mind in a changing Eurasia.

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A Passage From India: Towards A Strategy For Middle East Security

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

It is bitterly ironic that just as world leaders and diplomats were gathering in Munich to participate in the annual Security Conference, the threat of enormous insecurity loomed menacingly over Ukraine.  Meanwhile Russia, in collaboration with Belarus, tested ballistic and cruise missiles, clearly intended as a reminder that Russia is prepared to escalate the conflict.

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Issue 2132

The Sahel: Local Conflicts, International Stakes

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by Joshua Meservey Tuesday, September 21, 2021
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by Isabelle Lasserre Tuesday, September 21, 2021
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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Issue 2131

What To Do About Iran

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by Russell A. Berman Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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by James Jeffrey Friday, June 11, 2021
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Featured Analysis

Transforming Relations Across The Persian Gulf And The Middle East

by David C. Mulfordvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

In 1973, six months after the Yom Kippur war, Saudi Arabia announced on behalf of the OPEC oil producers‘ cartel a four-fold increase in the world price of oil. The announcement was a major shock to the world economy at the time and since has had lasting effects both on the global economy and foreign policy developments of major nations.

Featured Analysis

Engaging India Through The Middle East

by Dinsha Mistreevia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

In recent years the United States has been pursuing stronger relations with India, and for good reason. Setting aside that India is important in its own right—with more than 18 percent of the world’s population and with the sixth largest economy in the world—policymakers and strategists are also recognizing India’s power in regional and global affairs. Consider some of the most important international events over the past decade. The US has turned to India for support in sanctioning Iran, for rebuilding Afghanistan, for jointly working against terrorism in the region, and more recently, for coordinating on China and the Indo-Pacific. Developing a strong relationship with India is clearly in line with US interests.

Featured Analysis

India And The United States: Expanding Indo-Pacific Cooperation To The Middle East

by S. Paul Kapurvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

During the Obama administration, the United States began deprioritizing the Middle East, turning its attention increasingly to the Indo-Pacific and the challenge of rising Chinese power. Biden administration officials have stated that they intend to continue the process. As a result, the United States could find itself drawing down its Middle East presence even as an increasingly ambitious China makes strategic inroads in the region through such measures as its Belt-and-Road Initiative.

Featured Analysis

Israel-UAE Economic Cooperation Has Deep Roots And Broad Dividends

by Katherine Bauervia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

It was not a foregone conclusion that normalization between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain (and later Sudan and Morocco) would stick when the Abraham Accords were announced amid our collective pandemic fog in August 2020.  Nonetheless, looking back it is possible to place the move within broader regional trends. Going forward, bilateral trade and investment are likely to underpin cooperation in other areas. However, it may be joint investments in third countries and other multilateral economic arrangements that will do the most to advance shared strategic objectives.

Featured Analysis

Extending The Indo-US Partnership To The Middle East: Prospects And Limits Of Cooperation

by Hasan Alhasanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The quadrilateral meeting that brought India together with the United States, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates in October 2021 has raised hopes that the US-India partnership in the Indo-Pacific could extend to the Middle East. As Washington diverts its attention and resources to the competition with China and Russia, American strategists hope that US partners could be counted on to carry a larger share of the regional security burden. India, in particular, has considerable economic and security interests in the Middle East; it sources over 58% of its crude petroleum imports from the region which is also home to about 9 million Indians, accounting for over 50% of India’s inward remittances. 

Featured Analysis

India’s Larger Regional Strategy

by Rajendra Abhyankar via The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

In India’s regional strategy, the countries in the Middle East, particularly the Gulf states, Israel and Iran hold a pivotal place. India has tried to balance its policy in the region to prioritize energy security and accelerate economic ties. However, India will continue to be susceptible to the range of intra-regional conflicts that will test its ability to protect its interests.

The Caravan Issue 2234: India And The Middle East/The Middle East And The Indo-Pacific

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Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Issue 2234 of The Caravan is now available online. The journal is a periodic symposium on the contemporary dilemmas of the Greater Middle East.

Featured Analysis

The Need For Transregional Strategies In Eurasia

by Admiral Gary Rougheadvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Crafting security and defense strategies is hard.  Doing so in a time of significant geopolitical, economic, and technical change is harder, and implementing new and more relevant strategies with dated security organizational structures is harder still.  Add to that a biased calculus of power and any resulting strategy is sure to miss the mark.   All these cautions should be top of mind in a changing Eurasia.

Featured Analysis

A Potential Indo-Med Collaboration

by Abraham D. Sofaervia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Hoover Institution's Working Group on the Middle East has initiated an important discussion that is particularly significant to me, a Hoover scholar of Middle Eastern Jewish origin, born and raised in India, who has had the privilege of representing the U.S. in negotiations with Egypt, Iran, and Israel.

Featured Analysis

A Passage From India: Towards A Strategy For Middle East Security

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 8, 2022

It is bitterly ironic that just as world leaders and diplomats were gathering in Munich to participate in the annual Security Conference, the threat of enormous insecurity loomed menacingly over Ukraine.  Meanwhile Russia, in collaboration with Belarus, tested ballistic and cruise missiles, clearly intended as a reminder that Russia is prepared to escalate the conflict.

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The Caravan is envisaged as a periodic symposium on the contemporary dilemmas of the Greater Middle East. It will be a free and candid exchange of opinions. We shall not lack for topics of debate, for that arc of geography has contentions aplenty. It is our intention to come back with urgent topics that engage us. Caravans are full of life and animated companionship. Hence the name we chose for this endeavor.

We will draw on the membership of Hoover's Herbert and Jane Dwight Working Group on the Middle East and the Islamic World, and on colleagues elsewhere who work that same political and cultural landscape. Hoover senior fellow Russell Berman directs the project from which this effort originates.