About the Talk
In an effort to comprehensively understand the state of affairs in Syria and its wider ramifications, V.P. Haran will speak on 'The Origins: the Arab Spring and after', Kabir Taneja will speak about 'ISIS and its spread eastwards', while Niraj Srivastava will speak on 'The current Syrian situation'.
About the Series
This panel discussion on Syria is planned as part of a series of events focusing on tensions and conflicts in parts of West Asia with which India has historically had close ties (notably Iraq and Yemen) among others, and which have wider regional (Iran, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Israel, Shia-Sunni to name a few) and geo-political (United States and Russia) dimensions and ramifications. Notably, the coverage, media reporting, scholarship in Indian universities, and treatment in Indian think tanks on these issues has been, by and large, thin. Its primary purpose is to improve awareness and understanding of the issues in the wider community but also to come up with ideas and suggestions to guide public policy where possible. The series hopes to add to our understanding of their importance to India today as well as the roots of conflicts in the region, by looking back into history, and to post-conflict economic opportunities in the future. It is proposed to follow this event up with others around these themes.
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