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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.

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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Egyptian football desperately needs deep structural reform

Egypt’s African Cup of Nations demonstrates that exploiting football for political purposes is a tricky business.

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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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