James M Dorsey

James M Dorsey

Commentator

James M Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and commentator on foreign affairs who has covered ethnic and religious conflict and terrorism across the globe for more than three decades.

Anti-nuclear deal momentum is growing in Iran

John Bolton’s hardline position within the Trump administration could be cemented if Iran were to decide that upholding the nuclear agreement no longer served its interest.

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Syrian Kurds: The new frontline in confronting Iran and Turkey

Trump's threat and his earlier vow to stand by the Kurds despite the troop withdrawal give Saudi Arabia and other Arab states a political cover to support the Kurds as a force against Iran’s…

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Saudi aid puts Pakistan-Iran relations on the spot

Pakistan is further concerned that Iran, in response to the Saudi funding, could step up support for Baloch nationalists in a bid to raise the stakes for the South Asian nation.

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Turkic-Chinese soup: A barometer of anti-Chinese sentiment

The Kyrgyz government has so far evaded taking China to task on its crackdown for fear of jeopardising its relations with the People’s Republic.

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The rise of Eurasia: Geopolitical advantages and historic pitfalls

US failure to get ahead of the tectonic shifts in global geopolitics contrasts starkly with the understanding of Central Asian nations that they increasingly exist in an integrated, interconnected…

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Saudi Arabia and the West’s right-wing: A dubious alliance

Saudi funding in the era of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been streamlined and finetuned to ensure that it serves his geopolitical ambitions, enhancing the kingdom’s global impact.

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Efforts to return Syria’s Bashar al-Assad to Arab fold amount to hollow victory for autocrats

Bashar al-Assad’s return to the Arab fold may constitute one more setback for forces of change in the Middle East and North Africa but is a long way from symbolising their demise.

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US withdrawal of troops: Middle Eastern leaders left without a reliable ally

US troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan confirm Middle Eastern leaders’, particularly those in the Gulf, worst fears: they are left without a reliable ally.

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Xinjiang crackdown: China and the Islamic world’s Achilles Heel

The crackdown in Xinjiang is expanding to the Hui, China’s non-Turkic Muslims.

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Chabahar port: Stepped up US military posture in Gulf threatens India's interests

Indian and Iranian officials fear that the stepped-up US military posture and heightened tensions could undermine their efforts to turn Chabahar into a hub for trade between India and Central Asia…

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Gulf rivalries spill onto the soccer pitch

The future of the Qatar World Cup and the Gulf crisis speaks to the pervasiveness of politics in sports.

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Diverging US-Saudi interests

A series of Gulf and Middle East-related developments suggest that resolving some of the Middle East’s most debilitating and devastating crises while ensuring that efforts to pressure Iran do not…

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US Senate resolution potentially changes Middle East dynamics

Prince Mohammed and Saudi Arabia, even prior to the introduction of the Senate resolution, were discovering that the Khashoggi killing had weakened the kingdom internationally and had made it more…

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Royal road ahead: It was business as usual for Saudi Crown Prince at G20 summit

The message Prince Mohammed probably took home from the G20 summit was that world leaders were happy to do business with the kingdom and the crown prince despite persistent assertions that he…

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How Saudi and Qatar are competing over Iraq

Saudi Arabia and Qatar are competing for influence in Iraq, another battleground that is important to both the United States and the kingdom because of the close ties between Iraq and Iran.

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