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.

Chinese pressure tactics put countries between a rock and a hard place

China in a seemingly tone-deaf pursuit of its interests is forcing governments to choose between heeding increasingly anti-Chinese public sentiment and pleasing Beijing to ensure continued…

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The Kazakh window into China's crackdown on Muslims

Kazakhs constitute the second largest minority in Xinjiang after Uyghurs.

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Iran and North Korea highlight pitfalls of Trump’s ‘maximum pressure’ strategy

Trump has so far credibly conveyed his intention of wanting to fully denuclearise North Korea rather than ultimately change its regime, a further indication of the apparent comfort he finds in…

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Kazakhstan comes to the rescue of its nationals caught in a crackdown on Muslims in China

Approximately 1.5 million ethnic Kazakhs are the second largest ethnic minority in Xinjiang after Uyghurs.

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Turkish-Chinese spat puts Asian leaders on the spot

Central Asian leaders are walking a tightrope. Officially, they insist that Xinjiang is a Chinese internal affair. At the same time, the leaders are trying to curb domestic criticism.

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Once the backbone of Middle Eastern protests, ultras are down but not out

Ahmad’s plight is part of a region-wide effort to ensure that football fans who played major roles in recent Middle East history don’t get another opportunity.

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Saudi Arabia tends to intensify efforts to isolate Iran

Both Saudi Arabia and the US are demanding a change of Iran’s regional and defence policies rather than of its regime.

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In Yemen, Saudi Arabia could be nearing the inflection point

These are tough times for Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s real problems began earlier as a result of its conduct of the Yemen War.

 

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Decoding Saudi Arabia Crown Prince's visit to Pakistan

The tone and gestures during Prince Mohammed’s visit contrasted starkly with positions adopted by Imran Khan during his election campaign and immediately after he took office last year.

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Crown Prince's investment deals in Pakistan could complicate Saudi-India ties

Saudi investment in Pakistan could complicate Prince Mohammed’s attempts to forge closer economic and security ties with India, in light of the Pakistan-sponsored attack in Kashmir that killed at…

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The significance of Saudi Crown Prince's visit to Pakistan

Indications that Saudi Arabia and the US may be contemplating covert action against Iran, and heightened Saudi interest in Balochistan, dominate Crown Prince visit to Pakistan.

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Harsh Turkish condemnation of Uighur abuse in Xinjiang cracks wall of silence

Turkey demanded that Chinese authorities respect human rights of Uighurs and close what it termed “concentration camps” in which up to one million people are believed to be imprisoned.

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Khashoggi killing: An insight into Saudi strategic thinking

Russia’s sovereign wealth fund,  Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), is discussing with Saudi Arabia billions of dollars worth of deals in oil refining, petrochemicals, gas chemicals and…

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Pope visit boosts UAE efforts to redefine concepts of tolerance

The UAE, unlike more powerful Saudi Arabia, increasingly allows adherents of other faiths like Jews, Christians and Hindus, to openly worship and practice their beliefs.
 

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A struggle for rule of law: Detained Bahraini footballer catapults Thailand to centre stage

The arrest by Thai authorities of Al Araibi raises questions about the effectiveness of Interpol safeguards against exploitation of its powers.

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