South Asia and Beyond

‘West Asia Remains Mired In Despots And Decline, Hope Is Distant’

NEW DELHI: West Asia has seen some of the most horrific wars in recent memory. The US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 did result in the overthrow of Saddam Hussein but also saw the rise of the Islamic State and its atrocities, inflicted mostly on co-religonists. There followed the short lived Arab Spring where hopes for democracy and a more equitable political order were crushed by the region’s despots.

Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad, given his vast experience of the region, documents these developments in granular detail in his book West Asia At War: Repression Resistance And Great Power Games. He offers insight and perspective from an Indian standpoint.

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Tune in to Books Corner for this chat with Ambassador Talmiz Ahmad.