Author: Dilip LahiriPublisher: MacmillanYear: 2009Language: EnglishPages: 224ISBN/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.EXTRA 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.
SECTION ONEINAUGURAL REMARKS AND SPEECHOPENING REMARKS -M.RasgotraOPENING REMARKS -Michael BrieINAUGURAL SPEECH- Hamid AnsariSECTION TWOEMERGING SECURITY SITUATION IN WEST ASIA: SOME PERSPECTIVESINTERVENTION DILEMMA: IS IMPARTIAL INTER VENTION POSSIBLE?- Siret HursoyEMERGING SECURITY SITUATION IN WEST ASIA: AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE- Girijesh PantA FEW REFLECTIONS - Norman PeachSECTION THREEWEST ASIAN SECURITY: ROLE OF IDEOLOGYMOVEMENTS OF POLITICAL ISLAM: FUTURE DIRECTIONS -Khaldoun Hsan AL-NaqeebROLE OF IDEOLOGY IN THREATENING WEST ASIAN SECURITY - Mohammed WahbySUB-STATE IDENTITY AND STATE SECURITY: THE SECTARIAN DIVIDE IN IRAQ -Gulshan DietlROLE OF IDEOLOGY- Werner RufSECTION FOURPOLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE REGION AND THEIR IMPACT ON STABILITY AND SECURITYPERSPECTIVE FROM WEST ASIA – MIDDLE EAST: POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE REGION AND THEIR IMPACT ON STABILITY AND SECURITY- Faisal O.Al-RfouthCROSSROADS DILEMMA: ARE WE ON THE RIGHT TRACK?- Anissa HassounaINDIAN PERSPECTIVE- A.Ishrat AzizTHE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF REGIONAL SECURITY- Sabin HofmannSECTION FIVEROLE OF EXTERNAL AND REGIONAL POWERS AND IMPLICATIONS FOR REGIONAL SECURITY: ALTERNATIVE PARADIGMS THE IRAN-LED SHIITE CRESCENT: A MYTH OR REALITY? -Sadegh ZibakalamINDIAN PERSPECTIVE -Vinayak PatankarSECURITY SCENARIO IN WEST ASIA: IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIA- Harinder SekhonEUROPEAN UNION AND WEST ASIA- Claudia HaydtSECTION SIXPOLICY RESPONSESPERSPECTIVE FROM WEST ASIA: GLOBALISATION AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN WEST ASIA- Sahar Al-MajaliEUROPEAN VIEW- Erhard CromeINDIAN VIEW- Rajendra M.AbhyankarSECTION SEVENVALEDICTORY SESSIONVALEDICTORY SPEECH- Chinmaya R.GharekhanANNEXURECONFERENCE PROGRAMMECONCEPT NOTEPROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS