Author: Dilip Lahiri
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9780230636767
The last few years have seen an increase in the intensity of the conflicts that have been endemic in West Asia between states, as well as sectarian strife. The region has also seen non-state actors and non-regional powers coming centre stage. Terrorism, including suicide terrorism, seems to have become the strategy of choice. Perhaps as important as the conflicts themselves is the recurrent failure of all efforts and initiatives to bring peace and stability.
Traditional established elites are facing mounting pressure for change. Minority and women’s rights have suffered. Failure to develop accommodative and representative political systems that might have provided an outlet for these pressures for change have been held responsible for much of this deterioration. This failure seems to have been mirrored at the interregional level with the lack of viable regional institutions.
This volume, the result of an international conference organized by the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Germany looks at a range of issues, including from two critical countries, Iraq and Iran, to understand the emerging security situation in West Asia and how it can best be handled. Among the themes examined are the patterns of political opposition in West Asian countries and the constraints on political expression and participation.
The volume attempts to identify the desirable objectives in West Asia mutually shared by Europe and India, the policies that might help to attain these objectives and actions that could be taken by Europe and India to help stabilize the security situation in West Asia.
Observer Research Foundation is a public policy think-tank that aims to influence formulation of policies for building a strong and prosperous India. ORE pursues these goals by providing informed and productive inputs, in-depth research and stimulating discussions. The foundation is supported in its mission by a cross-section of India’s leading public figures, academics and business leaders.
The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation is actively involved in political education throughout the Federal Republic of Germany. It considers itself part of the political movement for democratic socialism. The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation has its origins in the association “Social Analysis and Political Education”, founded in Berlin in 1990. It has become a provider of political education, a discussion forum for critical thinking and research both in Germany and throughout the world.
INAUGURAL REMARKS AND SPEECH
- Hamid Ansari
EMERGING SECURITY SITUATION IN WEST ASIA: SOME PERSPECTIVES
INTERVENTION DILEMMA: IS IMPARTIAL INTER VENTION POSSIBLE?
- Siret Hursoy
EMERGING SECURITY SITUATION IN WEST ASIA: AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE
- Girijesh Pant
A FEW REFLECTIONS
- Norman Peach
WEST ASIAN SECURITY: ROLE OF IDEOLOGY
MOVEMENTS OF POLITICAL ISLAM: FUTURE DIRECTIONS
-Khaldoun Hsan AL-Naqeeb
ROLE OF IDEOLOGY IN THREATENING WEST ASIAN SECURITY
- Mohammed Wahby
SUB-STATE IDENTITY AND STATE SECURITY: THE SECTARIAN DIVIDE IN IRAQ
ROLE OF IDEOLOGY
- Werner Ruf
POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE REGION AND THEIR IMPACT ON STABILITY AND SECURITY
PERSPECTIVE FROM WEST ASIA – MIDDLE EAST: POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE REGION AND THEIR IMPACT ON STABILITY AND SECURITY
- Faisal O.Al-Rfouth
CROSSROADS DILEMMA: ARE WE ON THE RIGHT TRACK?
- Anissa Hassouna
- A.Ishrat Aziz
THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF REGIONAL SECURITY
- Sabin Hofmann
ROLE OF EXTERNAL AND REGIONAL POWERS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR REGIONAL SECURITY: ALTERNATIVE PARADIGMS
THE IRAN-LED SHIITE CRESCENT: A MYTH OR REALITY?
SECURITY SCENARIO IN WEST ASIA: IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIA
- Harinder Sekhon
EUROPEAN UNION AND WEST ASIA
- Claudia Haydt
PERSPECTIVE FROM WEST ASIA: GLOBALISATION AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN WEST ASIA
- Sahar Al-Majali
- Erhard Crome
- Rajendra M.Abhyankar
- Chinmaya R.Gharekhan
PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS