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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.

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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Masood Azhar issue and crackdown on Uighurs put China in a tight spot

The US draft amounts to an effort to put on public display seeming contradictions in Chinese as well as Pakistani policy.

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Against the backdrop of history of neglect, Balochistan is gripped by fear and uncertainty

Imran Khan will have to ensure equitable economic and social policies for Balochis and address, indeed, both immediate concerns and existential fears. 

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The 21st century's Great Game pits world into two camps competing for influence

For now, the Great Game pits China together with Russia, Turkey and Iran against the United States, India, Japan and Australia.

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The fallacy of football's magical bridge-building qualities

Sports is a useful tool in an environment in which key political players seek to build bridges and narrow differences.

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Turkey positions itself as a prominent backer of Muslim community in New Zealand

The Turkey-UAE rivalry has spilt from the geopolitical and ideological into competing versions of Islamic history.
 

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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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