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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.

Global protests: Russia and China risk ending up on the wrong side of history

Russia has sought to capitalise in other parts of the world, particularly Africa, on its newly found credibility in the Middle East as part of its projection of itself as a world power on par with…

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Lebanese and Iraqi protesters transcend sectarianism

Protests in Lebanon have evolved into more than a fight against failed and corrupt government that has long stymied development in the Middle East and North Africa.

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Quest for social justice links protests in various countries

Reflecting a global breakdown in confidence in political systems and leadership, the quest for dignity and social justice links protests in various protests

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Turkey and China tie themselves in knots over Syria and Xinjiang

Turkey has been counting on China to help it resolve its economic problems.

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Explained: Turkey's decision to opt for military action in Syria

Turkey President Recep Erdogan appears to believe that if Putin can pull it off, so can he.

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Saudi Arabia's interest in Russia goes beyond economics

With the backing of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin seems a much more reliable partner than Donald Trump

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Trump surrenders the West's moral high ground

The irony is that the Trump administration has for the first time elevated human rights to a US foreign policy goal in export control policy despite its overall lack of concern for such rights.…

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Learning lessons: Protesters stay one step ahead of rulers

Lessons learnt would have meant addressing those concerns before its too late and spill into the streets in massive votes of no-confidence against the political and economic system and its leaders…

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Gulf straddles the edge of war and peace

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has welcomed potential face-to-face talks between US President Donald Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

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Can Saudi Arabia and Iran get along?

Saudi and Iranian leaders, in a gleam of hope that the two countries may be inching towards one another, expressed an interest in resolving issues politically rather than militarily.
 

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Saudi Arabia policy shift: A rare Donald Trump's foreign policy success

Donald Trump can claim some credit for Saudi Arabia’s emerging adoption of a more cautious approach.

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Big power rivalry in the Gulf requires a US strategy rethink

Attention is likely to focus on beefing up the security of key Saudi oil facilities after drone and missile attacks

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Saudi oil attacks put US commitments to the test

Neither Saudi Arabia nor the United States is rushing to retaliate for a brazen, allegedly Iranian attack that severely damaged two of the kingdom’s key oil facilities.

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Death of female Iran football fan puts FIFA and Asian soccer body in dock

Sahar Khodayari's death has put the responsibility on the Iranian government for its discrimination of women and on global and regional soccer governors for allowing Iran to get away with it.

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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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