James M. Dorsey

Dr. James M. Dorsey 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, a book with the same title, Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and three forthcoming books, Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa as well as Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi Export of Ultra-conservatism and China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom.

Whither the Kurds?


As Kurds contemplate the future, they have the advantage in contrast to the Palestinians, that the transition calls into question the future political structure of Syria and Iraq


King Abdullah of Jordan: Balancing on an ever-tighter tightrope


A look at a decade of failed social, economic and political reform in Jordan goes a far way to explain recent mass anti-government protests demanding the resignation of the government.


Politicizing Education: Israel and Myanmar set worrisome precedent


Israel and Myanmar are the two countries with troubled human rights records and disputed histories of dealing with ethnic and national rights


Mahathir’s reforms could put Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the spot


Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Mahathir is adopting policies that could reshape the Southeast nation’s relations with powerful Gulf States.


The battle for the Iranian nuclear deal: China approaches a watershed


Fault lines in the Middle East have hardened because of Israel, Saudi and United Arab Emirates assertiveness, emboldened by both a US administration that is more partisan in its Middle East policy


Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon gamble may pay off


Saudi Arabia gamble to pressure Hezbollah by forcing Saad Hariri to resign may be paying off


Crown Prince Mohammed’s vow to moderate Saudi Islam: Easier said than done


The absence of an overriding puritan religious history has made it easier for Prince Mohammed bin Zayed to campaign against Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism


Activists and Gulf crisis turn Qatar into potential model of social change


Qatar became the first autocratic Gulf state to engage with its critics rather than refusing to talk to them and barring them entry to the country


Battling for independence: Small states stake their claim


The battle for the ability to make independent choices is easier for existing small states like Qatar, the UAE and Singapore


US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict


Arguments that Iran has failed to comply with the agreement that lifted crippling international sanctions and opened the door to the return of Iran to the international fold


Gulf crisis ties global soccer governance into knots


the essential role of FIFA is to deal with football and not to interfere in geopolitics


The rise of Mohammed bin Salman: A mixed blessing?


The ascendancy of prince Mohammed was never in doubt


Gulf crisis: A battle for the future of the Middle East and the Muslim world


It’s a battle that has pockmarked the Middle East and North Africa since World War Two