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The Gulf Is Critical For India, A Peace Mission Would Be Credible & Timely

The drone attacks on two Saudi oil plants sent crude prices soaring and revived fears of a conflict in the region. For India, the...

Houthi Strikes On Saudi Oil Plants Expose World’s Vulnerability To Non-state Actors

The Houthi attacks on two key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia not only threatens to hit global oil supply but could derail President Trump's overtures to...

Iran crisis: Is Russia looking to play a role?

The new ‘Great Game’ just saw another roll of the dice as Russian President Vladimir Putin joined hands with embattled Iranian President Hassan Rouhani...
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Who Is Hamza bin Laden?

Hamza bin Laden, son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was reportedly killed in a covert operation possibly mounted by the United...

Gulf Crisis: Will Iran-UAE Talks Provide A Breakthrough?

India is caught between a rock and a hard place in the standoff between Britain and Iran over the seized British tanker, the Stena...

Craving For European Support Against U.S. Sanctions, Iran Holds Out A Warning

Has Iran drawn a line in the sand by exceeding the stockpile of enriched uranium permitted under its nuclear deal, known as the Joint...

After Budget Cut, India Reiterates Commitment To Chabahar Port Project

Two days after the Indian government announced a substantial cut in budgetary allocation for the Iranian port of Chabahar which it is helping develop,...

Choppy Waters For Chabahar Port: India Slashes Grant To One-Third

In a clear indication that things don’t seem to be going too well for India as it works to develop the Chabahar port in...

‘India Needs To Stay The Course With The U.S., Negotiate’

India should not get involved in any process between the U.S. and Iran, says Arun K Singh, former ambassador to the United States. In...

Energy Security On Mind, Navy Commandoes For Indian Oil Carriers In Persian Gulf

In a first of its kind operation that started a week ago, the Indian Navy has deployed MARCOS (marine commandoes) on board Indian merchant...

India Needs To Be Much More Active On Chabahar: Iran Envoy

Despite Tehran’s disappointment with India’s decision to not import Iranian oil, its warm relationship with New Delhi continues. Iranian officials swift bid to remove...

‘Scheduling Constraints’: Israeli Envoy On Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cancelled India Visit

New Delhi: They say the same thing happening twice is coincidence, the third time is a pattern or trend. Read in that light, Israeli...
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SNI Wins RT Khaled Alkhateb International Memorial Award

SNI’s Associate Editor Amitabh P Revi and Video Journalist Prateek Suri are among journalists from Russia, the U.S. and Italy to take top honours...

After U.S. Sanctions, Iran Foreign Minister Dashes To India, Holds Constructive Talks

Two tweets at the end of Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif's overnight visit to Delhi summed up the concerns of either side at a...
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‘No Peace With Palestine On The Horizon But Israel’s Strategic Interests Are Secure’

Israel marks its 71st anniversary of independence on a mixed note: The re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu holds out the promise of continued economic stability....

Ready To Deal With Fallout Of U.S. Sanctions On Iranian Oil: India

India has said it is prepared to deal with the impact of the U.S. decision to not extend the waiver it had until today...

India Unsure If U.S. Waiver On Buying Iranian Crude Will Continue

Indian diplomats are bracing for an aggressive United States seeking to end a waiver it granted to eight nations including India last November on...

Terror Tag For Iran’s Military Arm: More Symbolic Than Effective

When Iranian parliamentarians wore the uniform of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to Parliament on Tuesday, the message went beyond showing solidarity with an...

India-Iran Trade: Looking Beyond Crude, Pushing For Barter

Undeterred by U.S. economic sanctions, India and Iran are working together to put in place a barter mechanism to boost bilateral trade. Additionally, the...

Is The Arab League No Longer Relevant?

Arab leaders cut a sorry figure at the recently held Arab League summit meeting in Tunisia. The summit which was the 30th Arab League...
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ISIS Is The Hand Of America, Created By The U.S., Says Syrian Ambassador To India

The 'Islamic State' terror group's last territorial stronghold in Baghouz, Syria fell this week. The 'Caliphate' has lost all its land (estimated at its...

Chabahar Port Could Be A ‘Game Changer’ For Indian Businesses But Sanctions Continue To Create Uncertainty

It’s spring season here. The blooms lend a splash of colour to the city’s roundabouts. The air is crisp and cool. Befittingly, the port...

How Chabahar Can Be Pivotal To The North-South Transport Corridor

Route 606 is the numerical tag assigned to the strategic road that runs between Delaram and Zaranj in neighbouring Afghanistan. If you were to...

Under The Shadow Of U.S. Sanctions, Hope Afloat For Chabahar Port

They seem like modern day behemoths as they reach for the skies, exuding strength and power as they stand silently at the Chabahar port’s...
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‘Signal Is Saudis, UAE Could Push Through Formal Indian Participation In The OIC’

The invitation to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to address the OIC Organisation Of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) plenary meeting of Foreign Ministers as a...
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Exclusive Reports From Chabahar

We bring to you ground reports from the Iranian port city of Chabahar where India is helping develop the Shaheed Beheshti terminal. Our Deputy...

Crown Prince’s Visit: India Quietly Optimistic Saudi Arabia Will Back It On Pak-Sponsored Terrorism Issue

When New Delhi plays host to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman on his first state visit to India beginning Tuesday,...

Prince Mohammed bin Salman Survives Khashoggi-gate But Big Challenges Lie Ahead

‘It was a storm in a teacup.’ This quote by the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to describe the Westland crisis is something...
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‘Problem With Arab World Not So Much With Its Regimes But Its Society’

In this interview with SNI Deputy Editor Parul Chandra, Dr Dan Schueftan who is the Director of the National Security Studies Centre at the...

US Exits Syria, Mattis Exits Administration: Welcome to a More Dangerous World

President Trump shocked Washington and the world Wednesday by announcing that the United States would withdraw all of its roughly 2,000 troops in Syria....
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Thailand’s Kra Canal: Will It Impact India’s Maritime Security?

In 1677, King Narai was the first king to suggest a canal through Thailand's Kra Isthmus which would shorten shipping times and costs. Since...

Increased Intelligence Cooperation Ensures India’s Wanted Men Can No Longer Hide From The Law, Abroad

The extradition of Christian Michel James, the main accused in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland helicopter bribery scandal, has brought into focus the improvement...

Uzbek President’s Visit A Boost For India’s Central Asia Outreach

India’s outreach towards Central Asia recently received a boost with the state visit of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The fact that Uzbekistan holds a...
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Destination Damascus: 2 Flights, 3 Taxis, 15 Checkpoints

Ever wondered what it’s like to be in Syria? SNi’s team of Amitabh Revi and Prateek Suri bring you this peek into how they...
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The Many Roots Of Damascus: Islamic, Christian And Roman

Lonely Planet says, ‘Even if you can go to Syria, you shouldn’t.’ But SNI’s Amitabh Revi & Prateek Suri did go to explore the...

With Maverick Bolsonaro, Will India-Brazil Ties Be Right?

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s President-elect from the Socialist Liberal Party and former Army Captain, has had an uneventful political life as a seven-time congressman so...

Ravaged By Islamic State, Move Afoot To Restore Palmyra’s Cultural Sheen

The Temple of Baalshamin's cella, the Victory Arch, The Temple of Bel destroyed with reportedly 10,000 tons of explosives. Palmyra’s modern city a ghost...
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U.S., Saudi, Turkey Deal To Hush Up Jamal Khashoggi Murder?

The mystery surrounding the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is getting murkier by the day.  The Saudi narrative is that he died in...

Khashoggi Death: Saudi Crown Prince May Survive But Only Just

Who killed Jamal Khashoggi? The Saudi scribe’s alleged torture and murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has spun forth a narrative that becomes...

What Khashoggi’s Death Means For Saudi Arabia

As the dragnet closes in on Saudi Arabia and, more specifically, Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alleged role in authorising the gruesome murder of Jamal...
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When Al Qaeda Couldn’t Cut Off “Jesus’ Tongue”

Al Qaeda, Islamic State, other terror groups and rebels at one point controlled 70% of Syria. In a rare peek into the aftermath SNI’s...

Duqm: India’s ‘Look West’ Third Port Of Call In Oman

This may not be well known but India's defence and security relationship with the Persian Gulf state of Oman dates back to the 1970s....

‘Tensions In The Gulf Unlikely To Lead To War As Nobody, Including Trump, Wants It’

The U.S. drive for war against Iran may not be what it seems, for President Trump has no interest in any foreign conflict. But...

Energy Geopolitics: Iran Sanctions, U.S. War Threats Are Unlikely To Disrupt The Oil Market

In contrast to the times when the market was inadequately supplied, the tension in the Persian Gulf region today is not likely to create...

Iran Never Begins A War But Is a Very Good Defender, Says Envoy

With the U.S. and Iran seemingly on the brink of war, Iran’s ambassador to India Ali Chegeni insisted his country does not want war...