Western Countries interestin middle eastEducation and achievementsIssues Motivated for Choosing the StudyWhile Arab countries are going through massive political change, the role of the United States in the Middle East region is changing. The political ties between the US and the newly emerging democracies are likely to be weaker than has been the case under dictatorship.
At the same time, tensions between the US and Iran are rising and getting close to a boiling point. To explore the potential outcomes of these developments and to come up with possibilities for reducing the tensions in the region more effectively, one needs to examine how the interests and strategies of the actors involved have shaped their multi-lateral interactions. Thus, the questions are: What are the objectives of the United States in the Middle East?How do those objectives interact with the interests of different countries in the region; in particular, those of America’s biggest adversary, Iran, and the closest US ally, Israel?What are the options of these stakeholders in avoiding tension and unnecessary conflict? How are the recent political developments in Arab countries influencing these relations and the possible outcomes?There is a vast literature that examines the above questions from various angles across the field of international relations.This project is an attempt to address these questions jointly in an interdisciplinary context, taking into account the economic as well as political dimensions of the US relationships with Middle Eastern countries in the global context. The project particularly highlights the role of Iran, Israel, and the GCC in these relationships.Origin and NatureInterests and Strategies of the Key PlayersUS Interests and Strategies US businesses and consumers have a keen interest in ensuring a reliable and efficient flow of oil.
While they mostly prefer lower oil prices, they understand that little can be done to control the price when it is market driven. However, they are concerned about supply disruptions and potential holdups by major producers. To deal with this concern, US policymakers find it necessary to maintain military and political presence in the Persian Gulf area to ensure that trade routes remain open and the oil-rich countries there have “friendly” governments. They are also keen to keep out potential rivals (e.g.
, Russians, who have historically tried to extend their influence in the region). Israel’s Interests and Strategies Turning to Israel’s objectives and characteristics, there are a number of issues that need to be listed. To begin with, Israel has been important for Jews generally around the world as a focal point and symbol of identity. So, they sympathize with its cause and want to see it survive and prosper. However, realizing this goal has been a challenge. Formation of Israel was associated with a great deal of violence and dispossession of a large part of Palestinian population.
Consequently, despite the fact that peoples of different ethnicities and religions had lived together in that area relatively peacefully for centuries, Arabs came to see Jewish settlers as their enemies.Iran’s Interests and Strategies Iran’s utmost interest in its external relations emerges from its need to ensure the security of its territory and its natural resources (and their marketing options), especially oil, gas, and marine resources. Some of these resources are shared across Iran’s borders with its neighbors and have been subject of dispute in the past. Iran also suffers from a long history of superpower intervention and manipulation, aimed at gaining leverage over and its policies and resources. At times foreign forces have invaded parts of Iran or have supported external or internal proxies to destabilize the country.
Interests and Strategies of Other Major Players: The EUThe EU’s interests and strategies in Middle Eastern region are similar to those of the US. However, the EU’s interests are much more focused on economic issues, with the non-oil components also having somewhat more weight. The EU has a particular interest in helping the Middle East develop economically and politically so that the immigration pressure from the region would diminish. In terms of strategic difference, the EU countries focus more on the North Africa region, while the US is more focused on military presence in the Persian Gulf, where it is the dominant foreign power YearDegree/ CertificateInstitute/ School, CityCGPA/ %2015-2018BBASymbiosis Centre for Management Studies,Pune8.51 CGPA2015Class XII : CBSEManava Bharati International School, New Delhi95%2013Class X : CBSEThe Lawrence School, Sanawar9.4 CGPA · 100/100 in Class 12 Accountancy Board Exam(Received Certificate from Mrs.
Smriti Irani, Former HRD Minister) in 2015. · 98.9% in All India Commerce Olympiad in 2015(School Rank 1, City rank 54) · Placed in PwC as an Analyst in Risk Assurance through campus placements.(Proposed Date of Joining-1st august 2018).
· Humanity Achievers Award from Niveditha Foundation 2016. · GMAT Score-690, May 2017 · Online course in Accounting Analytics from University of Pennsylvania from Coursera in 2017 · Online course in Quantitative Financial Modelling from University of Pennsylvania from Coursera in 2017 · Online course from Yonsei University South Korea in International Marketing in Asia from Coursera in 2015 · Online course in Business Analytics from University of Pennsylvania from Coursera in 2016 INTERNSHIPS Organization: Itutor Department: Accounts and FinanceCity: Delhi, Period: 1 month, May 2017 · Made a draft Bank Reconciliation Statement of one quarter.· Analysed financial statements of one year on the basis of accounting ratios.· Assist with month-end close process and journal entries.Organization: Uplift Mutual Department: Market ResearchCity: Pune Period: February 2017 , 60 hoursWhat you did: Market research about how people deal with their illness, awareness about NGO.What you achieved: Insight of how NGOs work.