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Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

James M Dorsey | It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for...

What role is India playing in the crisis in the Maldives?

James M. Dorsey | The outcome of a power struggle in the Maldives that has sparked declaration of an emergency, military control of parliament, and...

Gulf crisis is merely a family squabble: ‘James Dorsey’

James M. Dorsey | A three-month old crisis in the Gulf that has pitted Qatar against an alliance led by the UAE and Saudi Arabia...

China contributes to doubts about Pakistani crackdown on militants

James Dorsey |  China, at the behest of Pakistan, has for the second time this year prevented the United Nations from listing a prominent Pakistani militant...

The Gulf crisis: Small states battle it out (SSRN Working Paper...

James M. Dorsey | Abstract Buried in the Gulf crisis is a major development likely to reshape international relations as well as power dynamics in the...

Jackson report puts Saudi Arabia and UK in a tight spot

James Dorsey | A report charging Saudi Arabia with funding extremism in Britain puts both the Kingdom and Prime Minister Teresa May on the spot. The report...

Escalation of Gulf crisis: were negotiated solutions an illusion?

James M. Dorsey | The Gulf crisis that pits Saudi Arabia and the UAE against Qatar is set to escalate with Doha certain to ignore...

Gulf crisis ties global soccer governance into knots

James M. Dorsey | International soccer governance is tying itself up in knots with football associations grappling with the fallout of the Gulf dispute between...

Stepping up the pressure: Saudi strong arms Muslim nations to take...

James Dorsey | Saudi Arabia, in a first move to pressure mostly Muslim states to join its campaign against Qatar, has persuaded six sub-Saharan African...

Israel lobby pressurizes FIFA: Decision pending on Palestinian demands?

James M. Dorsey | When Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association, took the stand on May 11 at the 67th Congress of...

Israel-Palestine soccer battle puts FIFA in a pickle

James M. Dorsey | The perennial dispute between Israel and Palestine has put world soccer body FIFA in a bind. With FIFA groping on how...

Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt: an attempt to resolve differences between...

James M. Dorsey | Billed as a bid to stimulate inter-faith dialogue, Pope Francis, on a visit to Egypt, is tiptoeing through a religious and...

Saudi Arabia inches towards modernity with Prince Mohammed’s Initiatives

James M. Dorsey | Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s powerful deputy crown prince, is moving the country forward and to do so has put sports,...

With Syrian attacks Trump launches his Queen on the chessboard

James M. Dorsey | One thing this week’s US air strikes in Syria highlight is the fact that the sands are continuously shifting as regional...

Saudi Arabia & Iran: A potential nuclear race in the making?

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia is developing nuclear energy and potentially a nuclear weapons capability. The Saudi focus on nuclear energy serves several of...

Pakistan Grapples with the Middle Eastern Fault-Lines as Gen. Raheel Takes...

James M. Dorsey | With no troops to command and a Riyadh-based skeleton staff, General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s recently retired top commander, appeared to slide...

How President Erdogan is using Football to consolidate political power

James M. Dorsey | Turkish football executives campaigned this month for major constitutional change that would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan far-reaching executive powers. The...

US and Russian War Against ISIS in Middle East Threatens Turkish...

James M. Dorsey | US President Donald J. Trump’s vow to defeat what he terms radical Islamic terrorism forces the United States to maneuver the...

Protests on Soccer Fields: Another Regional Game to Weaken Iran?

Dr. James Dorsey | Thousands of Iranian Arabs last week attended an AFC Champions League soccer match between Esteghlal Ahvaz FC and Qatar’s Lekhwiya SC...

Did Arab spring revolutions achieve anything except discontent?

 Dr James M. Dorsey | Little has changed in much of the Middle East and North Africa. The youth bulge is bulging, accounting for one...

Will China’s protection of Masood Azhar create bigger problems for Pakistan...

China, at the behest of Pakistan, has once again prevented the United Nations from listing a prominent Pakistani militant as a globally designated terrorist. China’s...

Hafiz Saeed’s captivity: Has Pakistan’s Establishment finally realized its mistakes?

James M. Dorsey| Pakistan has put one of the world’s most wanted man under house arrest in a half-hearted crackdown on its militant group with...

Qatar backtracks on labor rights: Rise of illiberal world order?

James M. Dorsey | A recent Qatari decision has led to it backtracking on the minimal improvements the country was making in terms of employment...

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