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.

Opinions/Stories

Lessons Gulf states have learned from coronavirus pandemic

Trust in Gulf states’ handling of the current pandemic was bolstered by transparency maintained in daily updates while reporting the number of casualties and fatalities.

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What do Donald Trump and ultra-conservative Pakistani clerics have in common?

Trump and Pakistani religious scholars share the kind of opportunism and worldview that serve their short-term interests

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Israel a more reliable partner to Gulf states

Israel has a leg up on its Chinese and Russian competitors

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The potential dark side of the militarisation of Gulf societies

The coronavirus pandemic’s economic fallout questions Gulf states’ ability to fund a brewing, costly regional arms race.

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US military drawdown in Saudi Arabia threatens to fuel arms race

The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw Patriot anti-missile defence batteries from Saudi Arabia is likely to fuel an already brewing arms race. 

 

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Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump, US policy towards the Gulf will change regardless

The changing landscape is likely to be driven by the US desire to reduce its military commitment and nagging Gulf doubts about US reliability.

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The long-term political fallout of Coronavirus

As the coronavirus spreads, so does its likely political fallout.

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Eastern Mediterranean region: A microcosm of regional and global battles

Laying bare the multiple disputes being fought on the back of the Eastern Mediterranean with its natural gas reserves of 122 trillion cubic feet resembles peeling an onion.  

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War threatens to spill beyond Syria’s borders

Much of the criticism focuses on the government’s failure to improve economic and living conditions, but shies away from calls for regime change.

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Presidential elections will determine how US foreign policy is redefined

With Donald J. Trump the undisputed Republican candidate and Bernie Sanders the Democratic frontrunner, the fight for the highest office in the land could be one between two very different but no…

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By regulating social media, Pakistan puts freedom of expression at the core of struggle

Pakistan justified the rules with the need to combat hate speech, blasphemy, alleged fake news and online harassment of women.

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Erdogan battles on multiple fronts in risky regional power bid

As he battles on multiple regional fronts, Erdogan is walking a finely calibrated tightrope

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Donald Trump's peace plan puts Israel on the cutting edge

Donald Trump’s approach towards solving the Israel-Palestine conflict threatens to put Israel at the cutting edge of the struggle to shape a new world order

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Protesters push Arab militaries off their pedestal

A decade of anti-government protests in the Arab world undermined the military’s position as one of the most trusted institutions.

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: No place for persecuted minorities

Fighting evil would mean that arrangements are found for Uighurs rendered without valid documents as a result of Chinese policy

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