Aditi Bhaduri is an award winning independent journalist and political analyst, specializing in international affairs and foreign policy. She has been writing for the Indian and international media and has recently anchored programs for the All India Radio. She has interviewed many eminent personalities – both Indian and foreign. She has contributed to numerous volumes on international affairs, peace, conflict, and gender. She often acts as a consultant to organizations on foreign policy. Currently she is working on a project to counter women’s online radicalization.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
By Aditi Bhaduri - 26 Feb 2018
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently visited the United Arab Emirates as part of his Middle East trip. Modi also attended the World Government Forum as Guest of Honour, an occasion for those deemed important by the Gulf sheikhdom.
By Aditi Bhaduri - 11 Jan 2018
Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh was in Moscow meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Singh’s visit was followed by that of Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Sochi.
Cementing friendships, standing by its ally, forging military and economic deals with all sides, and reconciling differences; Russia is expanding its footprint in the Middle East and has emerged as a major strategic player. The Saudi monarch’s recent visit is a testimony.
China and India seem to be resetting ties. Li Xiasan, the Organization Department head of Yunnan Province and Central Committee member of the Communist Party, visited India in September 2017, becoming the first Chinese official to visit India since the Doklam standoff.
India has so far dexterously balanced its relations with the different power centers in the Middle East. The countries of the GCC, led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia, together host around seven million Indian expatriate workers who remit back hefty foreign exchange.
Ibrahim al-Jaafari, Iraq’s Foreign Minister, held a meeting with the Indian Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, testifying to the fact that oil is high on the India-Iraq agenda. Iraq, which has always been a major source of crude for India, is back again as India’s largest crude supplier.
On June 12, 2017, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif flew to Jeddah to meet with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. He was reportedly bluntly asked by King Salman: “Are you with us or with Qatar?”
A major concern for India is Pakistan’s involvement in the Saudi-led Islamic military coalition. After all, India had expended considerable political and diplomatic capital to isolate Pakistan for terror attacks emanating from its territory which target India and Indian interests.