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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.

Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu encouraging a nuclear race

The US-Taliban talks cancellation reduces fears harboured in recent weeks by Netanyahu and the Israeli intelligence community that the US president may reverse his hardline on Iran

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Gulf economies: All that glitters is not gold

Gulf wealth glitters but if the UNICEF report is anything to go by, it has yet to demonstrate that it can produce the gold of a development that is sustainable

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UAE backs Donld Trump's 'Deal of the century' to resolve Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The Trump administration has said it would release political details of the peace plan only after the September 17 Israeli election

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Aramco IPO: Saudi Arabia caught between United States and China

The US-China trade war has prompted Chinese buyers to reduce oil purchases from the United States and look elsewhere.

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Soccer woes: Israel plays a game of US politics

The contrast takes on added significance as prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu woes Israel’s far-right in advance of elections on September 17

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Shifting Sands: Chinese encroachment in Central Asia and challenges to US supremacy in Gulf

The limitations of Russian-Chinese cooperation have long been evident.

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Belt and Road project: China expands its anti-corruption campaign

To minimise the risk and expand its aggressive domestic anti-graft campaign, China is embedding inspectors in Belt and Road projects, who will be based in recipient countries

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Egyptian football desperately needs deep structural reform

Egypt’s African Cup of Nations demonstrates that exploiting football for political purposes is a tricky business.

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For Turkey, Xinjiang visit amounts to a risky gamble

The visit to assess the situation in Xinjiang was agreed in talks with Chinese leaders when Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the issue during a recent visit to Beijing

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What is behind Georgia's anti-Russia protests

A political crisis in Georgia challenges the fundament of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s effort to project Russia as a major power

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Middle East is barrelling towards nuclear and ballistic missiles arms race

Donald Trump and other senior US officials reiterated in recent days that they would not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon

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Russia joins Gulf states in coaching Sudan military

Russia advised the Sudanese military to use fake news and videos to portray demonstrators as anti-Islamic, pro-Israeli

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Soccer emerges as a potential icebreaker in the Gulf crisis

It will be the first time that the world’s foremost mega sporting event is held in the Arab world, a soccer crazy region

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The Battle for the future of the Arab World

The situation also suggests that the regional struggle between forces of change and ancient régimes and militaries backed by the UAE and Saudi Arabia is far from decided.

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Middle Eastern rivalries spilling on the battlefields

Protests in the Middle East are not isolated incidents but the most dramatic part of a more global wave prompted by a loss of public confidence in leaders and political systems.

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