From Cairo to Casablanca: Perspectives on the Jasmine Protest
Join Amin Tarzi, Director of Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia; Ambassador KC Singh, Former Indian Ambassador to UAE and Iran and Former Secretary of Economic Relations at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs; Brigadier Rumel Dahiya, Advisor for Net Assessment and Defense Studies at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analysis, and Former Defence Attaché to Turkey, Syria, and Lebanon; and Bharat Karnad, Professor at the Centre for Policy Research and Former Member of the National Security Advisory Board of the Indian National Security Council.
Protests against authoritarian rule and poor governance in the Middle East and North Africa have claimed many lives and have re-shaped global dynamics over the past five months. The consequences of this have been felt across the world, from NATO's involvement to unrest in other countries like China. In the midst of the protests, what can we discern about socio-political developments in the region? How has this affected other countries, relations between them, and other wide-ranging issues? And how can we best hope to resolve these disputes for the best possible future for all parties?
Amin Tarzi is the Director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia. He represents the Marine Corps at various academic and professional forums, and providing expert advice for all Professional Military Education programs. Previously, he worked as a Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty regional analyst, providing political analysis of the situation in the Greater Middle East. He also taught courses in political Islam, cultural intelligence, terrorist organizations, and similar topics at the Washington-based Center for Advanced Defense Studies.
Ambassador KC Singh joined the Indian diplomatic service in 1974. He retired from the service in May 2008, having risen to the post of Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. Besides serving in different capacities in Indian Posts/Missions in Cairo, New York, and Ankara, he served as Deputy Secretary to the President of India (1983-87). He held several senior positions at headquarters including that of Joint Secretary for Administration, Head of the Consular, Passport and Visa Division, and as Spokesman of the Ministry. He was Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (1999-2003) and then to Iran (2003-05).
Brigadier Rumel Dahiya, SM retired as Director of Net Assessment at the Integrated Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces in 2009 and joined IDSA in February 2010 as Advisor Net Assessment and Defence Studies. He previously served as a Defence Attaché to Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, and with the Indian Military Training Team in Bhutan. He also served with Military Operations Directorate of the Indian Army. He has had extensive command and staff experience during his 32-year military career, including in counter-insurgency situations. He is a graduate of the National Defence College and Defence Services Staff College.
Bharat Karnad was Member of the (First) National Security Board, National Security Council, Government of India, and Member of the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group and, formerly, Adviser, Defence Expenditure, (Tenth) Finance Commission, India. He is the author of several books, among them, India's Nuclear Policy (2008) and Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy, now in its Second Edition (2005, 2002). Karnad has been Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois, and at several international thinktanks, including the Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC, and the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies.
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Co-presented by Asia Society India Centre and Centre for Policy Research