The research programme assesses the state and evolution of the Gulf countries relations with Asian countries and explores ways of strengthening them.


  • Sep 2019 + EDA Insight

    Flag Follows Trade – China’s Security Imprint in the Belt and Road Initiative, Indian Ocean and Gulf

    Dr N. Janardhan and Dr Christopher Colley

    This Insight focuses on two interconnected issues: one, the already-evident traces of the BRI’s economic-political-security linkages; and two, how this security feature may or may not expand to fit into China’s wider defence policy, which includes a naval plan extending into the Indian Ocean, comprising the Gulf countries. While doing so, it also seeks to undercut the notion that the United States is a ‘diminishing’ security player in the Middle East and the Gulf. The Insight concludes that while it is important for the Gulf countries to strengthen security ties with the United States, it is equally important to explore alternative mechanisms, including collective security, that include a role not just for China, but for a host of other countries that have a stake in the region’s stability.


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    Gulf-Japan Ties, Beyond the Energy Sector Jul 2019 Dr Jun Saito and Dr N. Janardhan View More
    Jul 2019 + EDA Insight

    Gulf-Japan Ties, Beyond the Energy Sector

    Dr Jun Saito and Dr N. Janardhan

    This Insight discusses how Japan’s efforts to revive its economy and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries’ economic diversification programmes could combine to boost their non-oil trade in the future. Apart from listing the sectors of collaboration, it also points out how their ties impact markets beyond the Gulf region. The Insight also stresses that since the safety of the energy and economic supply chain is important, even security and defence cooperation is now becoming part of the diversified relations.


  • Apr 2019 + Insight

    Gulf-Central Asia Relations: Potential for Energy and Infrastructure Cooperation

    Dr Luca Anceshi

    In this EDA Insight, Dr Luca Anceschi, Centre for Central Asian and East European Studies, University of Glasgow, examines prospects that could enhance the intensity of economic ties between the countries and the Gulf and Central Asia. Raising a few questions about the potential for hydrocarbon cooperation in the future, it highlights nuclear and renewable energy as two key areas to further entrench the partnership. The Insight also focuses on the opportunities and potential hurdles associated with large-scale infrastructure development taking place under the umbrella of the Belt and Road Initiative, which is presented as a vehicle for increased cooperation.


  • Oct 2018 + EDA Insight

    EDA Insight explores space diplomacy in Asia

    Dr N. Janardhan

    Coinciding with the launch of the UAE’s first home-made satellite, KhalifaSat, Dr N. Janardhan, Senior Research Fellow, Gulf-Asia Programme, Emirates Diplomatic Academy, analyses how technology-based diplomacy is becoming an important tool to strengthen bilateral and multilateral relationships, particularly in Asia. It analyses how space diplomacy is being used as tools of prestige, foreign assistance, business, and governance of global commons, among others. Using the recent developments in Chinese, Indian, Japanese and South Korean space programmes, the author recommends that the UAE should consider investing directly and becoming a stakeholder in Asian space exploration programmes, hosting an Asian space forum, and even appointing a ‘space envoy’ to facilitate these efforts.

  • Jun 2018 + EDA Insight

    New EDA Insight explores GCC’s opportunities and challenges in Belt and Road Initiative

    Dr Jin Liangxiang and Dr N. Janardhan

    In this EDA Insight, Dr Jin Liangxiang and Dr N. Janardhan analyse the scope for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries’ involvement in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). They link this to at least two factors: one, the region’s financial liquidity; and two, the Gulf’s infrastructure capabilities.

  • Feb 2018 +

    New EDA Insight explores ‘strategic’ opportunities in UAE-India relations

    Talmiz Ahmad

    In this EDA Insight, Indian former ambassador to the UAE, Talmiz Ahmad, analyses how UAE-India relations have expanded beyond the traditional areas of energy, trade and community. Instead, the author says, the countries are tapping new opportunities in investments, infrastructure development, cooperation in space, nuclear and renewable energy technology, arid agriculture, and, above all, enhanced defence and security links. The author points out that the two countries have framed these new relations in a ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership Agreement’ that was signed in New Delhi in January 2017. Amb. Ahmad examines three specific areas of collaboration envisaged in the agreement: food security; enhanced maritime security cooperation in the Indian Ocean; and the promotion of regional stability.

  • Feb 2018 +

    EDA launches Gulf-Asia Research Programme, explores ‘Look East’ policy

    Dr N. Janardhan

    The Emirates Diplomatic Academy launched its Gulf-Asia Research Programme with the publication of a new EDA Working Paper titled “Gulf’s Pivot to Asia: Contextualizing ‘Look East’ Policy”. The author, Dr N. Janardhan, Senior Research Fellow, explores and highlights areas of Gulf-Asia economic complementarity, both in the oil and non-oil sectors, including trade and cross investments. Dr Janardhan discusses a few equally-important non-economic factors that may have contributed to intensifying Gulf-Asia ties. He also points out the potential areas of future cooperation in an era driven by economic diversification in the Gulf. He concludes by arguing that a robust Gulf-Asia relationship should find new ‘strategic’ political and security avenues to intensify collaboration in the future.