James Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, a syndicated columnist and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer. A veteran, award-winning foreign correspondent whose career focused on ethnic and religious conflict, James focuses at RSIS on political and social change in the Middle East and North Africa, the impact of change in the Middle East and North Africa on Southeast and Central Asia and the nexus of sports, politics and society in the Middle East and North Africa and Asia.

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Gulf Crisis turns Qatar into the ‘Region’s Israel’

01.21.18
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds: Investment Vehicles or Political Operators?

    01.17.18
  • Salafi Mission Calls into Question Saudi Concept of Moderation and Policy in Yemen

    01.14.18
  • Pakistani Politics Risk Aggravating Problems and Heightening Regional Tension

    01.10.18
  • Covert Wars: Iran and Saudi Arabia Revisit their Strategies

    01.07.18
  • Iranian Protests Raise Tricky Questions for U.S. and Saudi Policymakers

    01.02.18
  • Betting on the Wrong Horse? U.S. and Iranian Hardliners Spin Anti-Government Protests

    12.31.17
  • Challenging the Saudi Crown Prince: Al-Waleed bin Talal Toughs it Out

    12.28.17
  • Chess Tournament Puts Sports Governance and Saudi Change Under the Microscope

    12.27.17
  • The Killing of Ali Abdullah Saleh – Is Peace in Yemen Possible?

    12.22.17
  • Trading Jerusalem for Iran

    12.17.17
  • Arab Anger: Governments and Protesters Walk a Fine Line

    12.13.17
  • China Leverages Belt and Road Investment to Shape Pakistan

    12.12.17
  • Tackling Sunni Muslim Ultra-Conservatism: A Pakistani-U.S. Collision in the Making

    12.10.17
  • Trump’s Recognition of Jerusalem: Letting a Genie Out of the Bottle

    12.07.17
  • Qatari Wahhabism vs. Saudi Wahhabism and the Perils of Top-Down Change

    12.06.17
  • Egyptian President El-Sisi Steps up Repression to Cover Policy Failure

    12.02.17
  • Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gamble May Pay Off

    12.01.17
  • Tackling Corruption: Why Saudi Prince Mohammed’s Approach Raises Questions

    11.27.17
  • Commercial Terms Call into Question China’s win-win Belt and Road Initiative

    11.24.17
  • Transition in the Middle East: Transition to What?

    11.21.17
  • Saudi-UAE Push to Mobilize Tribes against Qatari Emir

    11.20.17
  • Did They or Didn’t They? The Battle for Control of Brussels’ Grand Mosque

    11.17.17
  • Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s Return to Lebanon: A Moment of Truth

    11.15.17
  • Getting the Saudi Fight Against Corruption Right

    11.09.17
  • Saudi Crown Prince’s Power Grab Could Come Back to Haunt Him

    11.07.17
  • The Middle East: It will Only Get Worse

    11.07.17
  • Saudi Crackdown Raises Spectre of Wider Spread Dissent

    11.05.17
  • Gulf Crisis: Soccer Trumps Politics

    11.03.17
  • Crown Prince Mohammed’s Vow to Moderate Saudi Islam: Easier Said than Done

    10.29.17
  • Activists and Gulf Crisis Turn Qatar into Potential Model of Social Change

    10.26.17
  • Gulf Crisis Broadens Definitions of Food Security

    10.22.17
  • Kurdish Battle Positions Kurds as U.S. Ally Against Iran

    10.19.17
  • Shaping Eurasia’s Future: Unintended Consequences of Abrogating Iran’s Nuclear Deal

    09.26.17
  • Plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya: Militant Islam’s Next Rallying Cry?

    09.20.17
  • Signs of Hope in the Middle East? Don’t Hold your Breath

    09.19.17
  • Rohingya Plight Feeds Muslim Assertiveness

    09.15.17
  • Jihadist Support for Rohingya puts Pakistan and China on the Spot

    09.14.17
  • Tackling the Elephant in the Room: The Incestuous Relationship Between Sports and Politics

    09.14.17
  • BRICS Potentially Strengthens Trump’s Hand in Tackling Pakistani Support of Militants

    09.07.17