James M. Dorsey

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. Over his career, Dorsey served as a foreign correspondent for, among others, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and UPI in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Central America and Washington. He is currently a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the author of the blog, "The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer."

The Gulf Wants to Buy the English Premier League

May 30, 2019

The rush to buy English football clubs is, at least in part, the latest round in the Gulf crisis. The bitter rift between Qatar and its Saudi and Emirati-led detractors could spill onto the pitches of English football. A flurry of reports suggest that the Gulf rivals are seeking to...

The Battle for the Future of the Arab World

Apr 24, 2019

Today’s protesters have a leg up on their counterparts from the Arab Spring of 2011. Momentous developments across North and East Africa suggest the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region — as well as the Middle East — is still in its infancy. So too does popular discontent...

Syrian Kurds: The New Frontline in Confronting Iran and Turkey

Jan 15, 2019

In the Middle East, frontlines and tactics may be shifting, but US and Gulf geopolitical goals have not. Donald Trump’s threat to “devastate” the Turkish economy if Ankara attacks Syrian Kurds serves his broader goal of letting regional forces fight for common goals, like countering Iranian influence in Syria. President...

The Qatar Crisis Moves to Palestine

Sep 03, 2018

The latest arena for the Qatar crisis is over in the Palestinian Territories. Dug in for the long haul in its dispute with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Qatar is emerging as a key player in preventing tension between Israel and Hamas from spinning out of control. Doha’s...

Regional Players Make Moves on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Aug 27, 2018

Regional players in the Middle East are looking for the next Palestinian leader in a bid to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A possible long-term ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is proving to be much more than an effort to end escalating violence that threatens to spark yet another war in the...

Imran Khan Takes Over a Complicated Pakistan

Aug 17, 2018

Imran Khan, the incoming prime minister, is about to find out just how complicated the job can be. Criticism over Pakistani efforts to combat money laundering and terrorism financing is likely to complicate incoming Prime Minister Imran Khan’s goal of tackling the country’s financial crisis. Addressing the comments by the...

China Cracks Down and Reconsiders Non-Interference Policy

Aug 14, 2018

China does not acknowledge the existence of re-education camps, but the UN says it has credible reports that 1 million Uighurs are being held. In response to international criticism, China has come closer to admitting that it has brutally cracked down on the strategic northwestern province of Xinjiang, in what...

China Sees an Ally in Pakistan’s Imran Khan

Jul 31, 2018

Pakistan has a new prime minister-in-waiting, Imran Khan. Does China see him as a friend? Imran Khan’s ability to chart his own course, as well as his relationship with Pakistan’s powerful military, is likely to be tested the moment he walks into the prime minister’s office. Pakistan’s most fundamental problems...

The Shadowy World of Russian Hackers Just Got Murkier

Jul 18, 2018

None of what is known about the murky world of Russian hackers is conclusive, let alone produces a smoking gun. But what role does the Gulf play? The covert Qatari-Emirati cyberwar that helped spark the Qatar crisis may have just gotten murkier with the indictment of 12 Russian agents by US Special...

In the Middle East, History Threatens to Repeat Itself

Jul 06, 2018

The crisis in the Middle East offers the West a historic opportunity in the larger struggle with China and Russia for a future international order. If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East. This is a place where the international...

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