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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Eurasianism Wins in Turkey even if Ideologue Loses Election

06.22.18
  • Saudi Arabia Drags Geopolitical Baggage on to the World Cup Pitch

    06.14.18
  • Parallels Between Turkish Soccer and General Elections Could Prove Uncanny

    06.14.18
  • Israel Scores Painful Own Goal in Run-up to the World Cup

    06.10.18
  • Saudi Effort to Isolate Iran Internationally Produces Results

    06.09.18
  • Jordanian Protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and Setting a Benchmark

    06.06.18
  • King Abdullah of Jordan: Balancing on an Ever-tighter Tightrope

    06.05.18
  • 2018 World Cup Potentially Set to Become Latest Middle Eastern Battlefield

    06.03.18
  • Mahathir’s Reforms Could Put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the Spot

    06.01.18
  • 2018 World Cup offers Chechnya Opportunity to Play Middle Eastern Politics

    05.30.18
  • Middle Eastern Culture Wars: The Battle of the Palates

    05.28.18
  • The Battle for the Iranian Nuclear Deal: China Approaches a Watershed

    05.22.18
  • Trump’s Abrogation of Iran Deal may put his America First Policy to the Test

    05.15.18
  • Middle Eastern Rivalry Spills onto Asian Soccer Pitches

    05.12.18
  • Playing U.S. Sanctions: China Walks a Fine Line in Iran

    05.12.18
  • May 12: A Potentially Future-shaping Day for the Middle East

    05.05.18
  • Gulf Crisis Escalates as Major Corporations are Forced to Take Sides

    05.04.18
  • Algerian Controversy over Salafism puts Government Control of Religion on the Spot

    04.26.18
  • Saudi Engagement in Iraq: The Exception that Confirms the Rule?

    04.22.18
  • Rolling Back Militancy: Bangladesh Looks to Saudi Arabia in a Twist of Irony

    04.15.18
  • Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Turn Qatar into an Island

    04.13.18
  • The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Politics of Middle Eastern Soccer

    04.13.18
  • Remembering Syria: Iran Struggles with Potentially Explosive Environmental Crisis

    04.10.18
  • Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed Walks on Shaky Ground

    04.06.18
  • China Moves to Counter Violent and Non-Violent Expressions of Uyghur Identity

    04.05.18
  • Anticipated Harder U.S. Policy Towards Iran Magnifies Iranian Arab Protest

    04.01.18
  • Egyptian Ultras: Down but not Out

    03.31.18
  • Will the Real Pakistan Stand Up, Please?

    03.30.18
  • Natural Gas: An Underrated Driver of Saudi Hostility Towards Iran and Qatar

    03.28.18
  • Make Wine Not War: Wineism’s Recipe for a Sustainable Political Future

    03.26.18
  • Saudi Moderation: How Far will Crown Prince Mohammed Go?

    03.22.18
  • Shooting an Own Goal: China’s Belt and Road Funding Terms Spark Criticism

    03.20.18
  • Smoking and Drinking: Churchill Sets an Example Today’s Western Leaders Can Learn From

    03.09.18
  • International Soccer Bodies Ignore Blatant Rule Violations in Run-up to Egyptian Election

    03.08.18
  • Arabs Leverage Lucrative Nuclear Contracts to Enhance Security and Keep Options Open

    03.06.18
  • The Middle East’s Nuclear Technology Clock Starts Ticking

    03.04.18
  • Gulf Crisis Upends Fiction of a Separation of Sports and Politics

    02.27.18
  • Valentine’s Day Pinpoints Limits of Saudi Prince’s Islamic Reform Effort

    02.20.18
  • Expanding Regional Rivalries: Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

    02.19.18
  • China Steps into the Maelstrom of the Middle East

    02.18.18