Since the outbreak of the Arab Spring the Middle East is going through a turbulent phase as violence, internal conflicts and civil wars are ravaging a number of countries. Even relatively stable Gulf monarchies are not untouched by the impact of popular demand for change. For India, the Persian Gulf is an extended neighbourhood and the region of vital importance receives scant attention. In the light of the Arab Spring, Iranian nuclear deal and the rise of ISIS, it has become impossible for India to be indifferent to the changing internal dynamics.
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1. Introduction 2. Investment in Renewable Energy in the GCC States 3. Transition to a Green Economy 4. Trajectories of Education Policy in Saudi Arabia 5. Shiism, Rentier State and Illiberal Democracy in Iran 6. Sectarianism, Geopolitical Rivalry and the Syrian Civil War 7. The Widening Gulf 8. Qatar-Hamas Relations 9. India – GCC FTA 10. Thicker than Oil