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India and the Arab Spring

Chatham House, London


Professor Madhav Das Nalapat, Professor of Geopolitics and Director of Advanced Research, Manipal University, India
Chair: Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


The speaker will discuss why he believes the political changes that are developing out of the Arab Spring have significant repercussions for India.

The countries in the Middle East are home to millions of Indian expatriates, mainly from economically deprived groups, and India's hydrocarbon needs are being largely met by Middle Eastern countries. The speaker will explore how developments within the Arab world will impact on societal dynamics in India, home to the third-largest Muslim population in the world. He will argue that, while in the past India has been a transmission agent for philosophies and ideologies to the Middle East, today it is more of a recipient.