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


  • 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.