James M Dorsey

The writer is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg's Institute for Fan Culture, and the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, and a book with the same title.

October 12, 2021
October 12, 2021

Reducing Middle East tensions can lessen sectarianism and open doors for women

Two separate developments involving improved relations between Sunni and Shia Muslims and women’s sporting rights demonstrate major shifts in how rivalry for the leadership of the Muslim world and competition to define Islam in the 21st century are playing out in a world where the Middle Eastern states can no longer depend on the United States coming to their defence.

September 19, 2021
September 19, 2021

Initial Taliban moves fail to convince Afghanistan’s neighbours

The Taliban’s record in recent weeks on making good on promises to respect human and women’s rights as well as uphold freedom of the press is mixed at best.

September 7, 2021
September 7, 2021

Afghanistan has lessons for the Gulf

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan will likely clarify what the Gulf’s security options are.

September 1, 2021
September 1, 2021

Af-Pak takes on a new meaning with the rise of the Taliban

Recent attacks on Kabul’s international airport by the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate raise multiple questions, as well as the spectre of paradigm shifts in the drivers and expanding geography of political violence.

August 24, 2021
August 24, 2021

Afghan debacle potentially puts UAE on the spot

Afghanistan is showing the United Arab Emirates the downside of being a haven for deposed leaders and exiled politicians whose wealth is reportedly parked without question in Emirati financial institutions.

August 5, 2021
August 5, 2021

Afghanistan may be a bellwether for Saudi-Iranian rivalry

Boasting an almost 1,000-kilometre border with Iran and a history of troubled relations between the Iranians and Sunni Muslim militants, including the Taliban, Afghanistan could become a bellwether for the future of the rivalry between the Islamic Republic and Saudi Arabia.

June 27, 2021
June 27, 2021

Forging a future with rather than against Iran

The rise of hardline President-elect Ebrahim Raisi has prompted some analysts to counterintuitively suggest that it could pave the way for reduced

March 1, 2021
March 1, 2021

A possible obstacle to the revival of the Iran nuclear accord

A little acknowledged provision of the 2015 international agreement that curbed Iran’s nuclear programme explains jockeying by the United States and the Islamic republic over the modalities of a US return to the deal from which President Donald J Trump withdrew.

February 25, 2021
February 25, 2021

Myanmar: Exploiting lessons learnt in the Middle East

Demonstrating for the third week their determination to force the country’s military to return to its barracks, protesters in Myanmar appear to be learning lessons from a decade of protest in the Middle East and North Africa.

February 24, 2021
February 24, 2021

Turkey signals sweeping regional ambitions

A nationalist Turkish television station with close ties to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dug up a 12-year-old map that projects Turkey’s sphere of influence in 2050 as stretching from South-eastern Europe on the northern coast of the Mediterranean and Libya on its southern shore across North Africa, the Gulf and the Levant into the Caucasus and Central Asia.