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.

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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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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