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IISS Bahrain Bay Forum

The next IISS Bahrain Bay Forum will take place on 16–17 September 2017 in Manama, Bahrain.

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  • IISS Voices

    Imran Khan: GCC investments in India

    02 September 2015.  Over the last couple of years, GCC-India trade relations have continued to intensify. However, red tape and weak institutional infrastructure have frustrated India’s attempts to attract Gulf money. With the economic environment becoming more investor-friendly and SEZs playing an increasingly important role, investment could receive a significant boost in the future.

  • Expert Commentary

    Economic Times: NSA talks doomed without necessary political groundwork

    25 August 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy The idea of a meeting between the national security advisers (NSA) of India and Pakistan, agreed to by prime ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif at their July meeting in Ufa, Russia, now appears to have been half-baked and premature. To revive the initiative, a more focused and purposeful conversation between the two PMs is required. The history of India-Pakistan relations is replete with...

  • Expert Commentary

    The Week: A century in search of a name

    23 August 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy If the 19th century was Britain’s and the 20th was America’s, many assume the 21st would be China’s. Even Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote a column calling the present century “The Chinese Century”. Interestingly, economist Arvind Subramanian, currently chief economic adviser in the ministry of finance, wrote the highly acclaimed Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance in which he speculated...

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: The sprouting of the ‘Look West’ policy

    19 August 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week has the potential to be remembered like Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao’s visit to Singapore in September 1994. Through his famous Singapore Lecture, Narasimha Rao unveiled India’s “Look East” Policy. Through the joint statement that he signed with UAE’s leadership, Mr. Modi has unveiled India’s "Look West" Policy. Narasimha Rao’s “Look East” Policy succeeded...

  • IISS Voices

    Alan Wheatley: China’s long march to reserve-currency status

    14 August 2015. 

  • IISS Voices

    Mahmood Abdulla: New opportunities for the Gulf along China's new Silk Road

    29 July 2015. 

  • Events

    A new era of GCC geo-economic opportunity with China and India

    27 July 2015. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Workshop
    IISS-Middle East, Manama, Bahrain
    Monday 27 July 2015

  • Events

    The past, present, and future for GCC investment in India

    27 July 2015. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Workshop
    A new era of GCC geo-economic opportunity with China and India
    Third Session
    Imran Khan, Consultant, Geo-Economics and Strategy Programme, IISS

  • Events

    The past, present, and future for GCC investment in China

    27 July 2015. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Workshop
    A new era of GCC geo-economic opportunity with China and India
    Third Session
    Mahmood Abdulla, Research Assistant, Geo-economics and Strategy Programme, IISS          

  • Events

    China and India’s Opportunity in GCC Economic Development

    27 July 2015. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Workshop
    A new era of GCC geo-economic opportunity with China and India
    First Session
    Chair: Sanjaya Baru
    Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy Programme, IISS
    Farzam Kamalabadi
    Founder and President, Future Trends Group
    Talmiz Ahmed
    Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi
    Jarmo Kotilaine
    Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development Board

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