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James M. Dorsey
James M. Dorsey

James M. 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.

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Astronomy: The outer frontier of Saudi liberalisation

02 May, 2018

Comment: Saudi Arabia's hardline religious conservatives have traditionally thwarted the quest for knowledge in astronomy because it threatens their long-standing status, writes James M. Dorsey.

Bangladesh looks to Saudi Arabia in twist of irony

24 April, 2018

Comment: Bangladesh is enlisting Saudi Arabia's help to help counter militant Islam, but the Gulf kingdom has yet to end to its own multiple ultra-conservative practices, writes James M. Dorsey.

Turning Qatar into an island

18 April, 2018

Comment: Saudi Arabia's proposed channel separating it from Qatar sends a message of polarisation and division, rather than regional cooperation, writes James Dorsey.

Moderating Islam: Saudi Prince Mohammed walks on shaky ground

05 April, 2018

Comment: If Mohammed bin Salman continues to whitewash his family's role, whip former allies into subservience and suppress expressions of dissent, his reforms will be unsuccessful, writes James Dorsey.

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

16 February, 2018

Comment: Saudi Arabia and Iran are extending their bitter rivalry beyond the Middle East, into the Caucasus, writes James Dorsey.

Iran protests raise questions for US and Saudi policymakers

02 January, 2018

Comment: These protests will likely strengthen hardline conservative factions within Iran, which Saudi and US foreign policy may seek to exploit, writes James Dorsey.

China leverages Belt and Road investment to influence Pakistan

26 December, 2017

China's massive investments in its neighbourhood and the world are being used to shape the political environment in key countries in its authoritarian mould, says James M. Dorsey

US-Saudi nuclear talks: A barometer for the Middle East?

24 December, 2017

Saudi Arabia's plans for nuclear power have been in part influenced by arch-rival Iran's drive to enrich uranium, which setts a dangerous precedent for the region, writes James M. Dorsey.

Saudi Arabia: Targeting scholars from Malaysia to Tunisia

28 November, 2017

Comment: Saudi Arabia's decision to ban the Qatar-based International Union of Muslim Scholars has sparked political controversy in Malaysia, Tunisia and beyond, writes James M. Dorsey.

Arab media: Saudi purge promises tighter control

13 November, 2017

Comment: Saudi Arabia's recent political purge will place extra pressure on the country's media during a time of frenzied discussion over the country's future, writes James M. Dorsey.

Women's driving: Saudi Prince Mohammed's litmus test

27 September, 2017

Comment: Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive, but the male guardianship that subjects women to the will of their menfolk remains in place, writes James M. Dorsey.

UAE seeks a power shift in Palestine amid Gulf-crisis

09 July, 2017

With attention in the Middle East focused on the Gulf crisis, the United Arab Emirates is elsewhere seeking to reshape the region in ways that could alter its power dynamics

James M. Dorsey
James M. Dorsey

James M. 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.

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