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A member of the Indian Foreign Service (retired), during his long tenure at the Ministry of External Affairs had served in Venezuela, Sultanate of Oman, Thailand, Taiwan and others in Ambassadorial capacity. He served successively in Cairo, New York (at the Permanent Mission of India to the UN), Gangtok (at the time of Sikkim’s accession to India) and other areas of strategic significance.

Ranjit Gupta was a Member of the National Security Advisory Board till Nov 2010. He was the Director of the Workshop on “India GCC Relations” at the Annual Gulf Research Meeting at Cambridge University in July 2011 and of the Workshop on “India-Gulf strategic partnership in a pan-Asian cooperative paradigm” in July 2012.


Essays/Briefs/Reports  Commentaries

Amb. Ranjit Gupta
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A New Gulf Security Architecture. Prospects and Challenges for an Asian Role 
Berlin & London:Gerlach Press, 2014, (Co-edited)
India and the Gulf: What Next?
Geneva: Gulf Research Centre Cambridge, 2013, (Co-edited)
GCC - INDIA Relations.
Gulf Research Foundation,Switzerland, 2013,(Co-edited)
“Indian Perspectives: A New Security Architecture for the Gulf,” IPCS Issue Brief, No. 218, May 2013
“China and its Peripheries: Beijing’s Myanmar Strategy,” IPCS Issue Brief, No. 215, May 2013

Unpacking the Unprecedented Churning in Saudi ArabiaIPCS Commentary, No. 5393, 15 November 2017

India-West Asia: With Relations Boosted, Consolidation Must FollowIPCS Commentary, No. 5295, 12 June 2017

India-UAE: An Emerging Special RelationshipIPCS Commentary, No. 5236, 15 February 2017

West Asia Six Years After the ‘Arab Spring’: Prognosis for 2017IPCS Commentary, No. 5224, 19 January 2017

Trump and West Asia: Reading the Tea LeavesIPCS Commentary, No. 5207, 19 December 2016

Battle for Mosul: Prospects for the Immediate FutureIPCS Commentary, No. 5182, 15 November 2016

The Battle for Aleppo and the Imminent Regional ShiftsIPCS Commentary, No. 5153, 13 October 2016

Will the US-Russia Deal on Syria Hold?IPCS Commentary, No. 5132, 19 September 2016

Russia: The New and Unexpected Power Broker in West AsiaIPCS Commentary, No. 5102, 16 August 2016

Countering IS: Should India be More Assertively Involved in West Asia?IPCS Commentary, No. 5080, 12 July 2016

Iran, India and Chabahar: Recalling the Broader ContextIPCS Commentary, No. 5060, 13 June 2016

West Asia, US, and Obama’s Statesman-like LegacyIPCS Commentary, No. 5026, 10 May 2016

Modi in Saudi Arabia: Consolidating Ties in West AsiaIPCS Commentary, No. 5019, 14 April 2016

Current Syrian Peace Processes Sterile: A New Approach NeededIPCS Commentary, No. 4997, 14 March 2016

Forecast 2016: West AsiaIPCS Commentary, No. 4984, 8 February 2016

Turkey's Ambitions and the War in SyriaIPCS Commentary, No. 4941, 8 December 2015

Potential Implications of Russia’s Military Involvement in SyriaIPCS Commentary, No. 4929, 2 November 2015

Prime Minister Modi Finally Begins His Interaction with West Asia*IPCS Commentary, No. 4919, 6 October 2015

A Potential Indian Role in West Asia?IPCS Commentary, No. 4898, 14 July 2015

US-GCC Summit: More Hype than SubstanceIPCS Commentary, No. 4881, 1 June 2015

King Salman: The Boldest Ever Saudi Monarch?IPCS Commentary, No. 4868, 5 May 2015

Yemen: Why the Current Strife will ContinueIPCS Commentary, No. 4860, 6 April 2015

Saudi Arabia and Evolving Regional Strategic DynamicsIPCS Commentary, No. 4843, 2 March 2015

New Leadership Lineup in Saudi Arabia: Reading the Tea LeavesIPCS Commentary, No. 4827, 2 February 2015

IPCS Forecast: West Asia in 2015IPCS Commentary, No. 4794, 5 January 2015

Rise of the Islamic State: Implications for the Arab WorldIPCS Commentary, No. 4778, 15 December 2014

Islamic State: The Efficacy of Counter-strategiesIPCS Commentary, No. 4727, 4 November 2014

War against the Islamic State: Political and Military Responses from the RegionIPCS Commentary, No. 4682, 6 October 2014

The Islamic State: No Country for the Old World OrderIPCS Commentary, No. 4633, 1 September 2014

India and the Conflict in GazaIPCS Commentary, No. 4591, 4 August 2014

India in Iraq: Need for Better FocusIPCS Commentary, No. 4548, 7 July 2014

Russia and the Ukraine Crisis: An Indian PerspectiveIPCS Commentary, No. 4541, 2 July 2014

Looking West: Bridging the Gulf with the GCCIPCS Commentary, No. 4483, 2 June 2014

Elections in Iraq: Uncertain ProspectsIPCS Commentary, No. 4425, 5 May 2014

Nuclear Iran: Will Obama Succeed?IPCS Commentary, No. 4373, 7 April 2014

Transition in Myanmar: Regional Implications & Future DirectionsIPCS Commentary, No. 4325, 6 March 2014

Saudi Arabia-US Estrangement: Implications for the Indian SubcontinentIPCS Commentary, No. 4318, 3 March 2014

Syria Today: Is Regime Change the Answer?IPCS Commentary, No. 4285, 3 February 2014

The Arab World: Trying Times AheadIPCS Commentary, No. 4253, 13 January 2014

India and the Gulf: Looking Beyond Energy, Islam and the DiasporaIPCS Commentary, No. 4193, 26 November 2013

  External Publications

Fighting IS: Tolerance is Our Best Bet, Deccan Chronicle, 01 August 2016

India’s Taiwan Snub is Self-Defeating, Deccan Chronicle, 07 June 2016

India and the Middle East Crises, Strategic Forecast: National Institute of Advanced Studies, 17 February 2016

Geopolitical Developments in West Asia: India's Concerns', IIT Indore [Published by Ministry of External Affairs, India]

Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, The Hindu, 4 May 2015

Taking Before The Other, Outlook, 29 July 2014



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