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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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
  • Surrendering a Brussels Mosque: A Saudi Break with Ultra-Conservatism?

    02.15.18
  • Chinese Extradition Request Puts Crackdown on Uyghurs in the Spotlight

    02.13.18
  • Asia’s Dark Underbelly: Conflicts Threaten Long-Term Stability and Development

    02.06.18
  • Tackling Pakistani Madrassas: An Uphill Struggle

    02.05.18
  • Double-Edged Sword: Opinion Poll shows Trump’s Iran Policy Risks

    02.05.18
  • Moderating Saudi Islam: Government Proposes Tightening Fundraising Rules

    01.31.18
  • How Regional Rivalries Threaten to Fuel the Fire in Syria and Iran

    01.30.18
  • Kidnapping and anti-Shiite Rhetoric stirs Malaysian Debate about Saudi-inspired Ultra-Conservatism

    01.27.18
  • Iran: Protests and Threat of Renewed Sanctions Focus Economic Thinking

    01.24.18
  • Whither Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ‘Moderate’ Islam?

    01.23.18
  • 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