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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

January 31, 2021
January 31, 2021

Islamophobia: A useful prop for Muslim religious soft power

Think the Muslim world is united in opposing Islamophobia? Think twice.

January 28, 2021
January 28, 2021

Iranians move into front line of Middle East’s quest for religious change

A recent online survey by scholars at two Dutch universities of Iranian attitudes towards religion has revealed a stunning rejection of state-imposed adherence to conservative religious mores as...

January 6, 2021
January 6, 2021

Erdogan positions powerful Turkish military as backbone of regional strategy

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ushered in the new year pledging to employ his country’s military to secure Turkey’s place in a rebalanced new world order.

December 22, 2020
December 22, 2020

Turkish shadow boxing reflects growing rivalry with Iran

Turkey is leveraging its successful backing of Azerbaijan’s recent war against Armenia to counter Iran in the Caucasus and gradually challenge Russia in Central Asia, the heart of what Moscow...

December 3, 2020
December 3, 2020

The Muslim world’s changing dynamics

Increasing strains between Pakistan and its traditional Arab allies, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, is about more than Gulf states opportunistically targeting India’s far more lucrative...