Muslim Causes Versus National Interest: Muslim Nations Make Risky Bets

by James M. Dorsey Saudi attitudes towards the plight of thousands of illegal Rohingya in the kingdom fleeing persecution in Myanmar and squalid Bangladeshi refugee camps help explain Saudi support for China’s brutal clampdown on Turkic Muslims in its troubled,… Continue Reading  

Tension in the Gulf: Not Just Maritime Powder Kegs

by James M. Dorsey A recent interview in which Baloch National Movement chairman Khalil Baloch legitimized recent militant attacks on Iranian, Chinese and Pakistani targets is remarkable less for what he said and more for the fact that his remarks… Continue Reading  

UAE Withdraws from Yemen

by James M. Dorsey A United Arab Emirates decision to withdraw the bulk of its forces from Yemen shines a spotlight on hard realities underlying Middle Eastern geopolitics. The pullback suggests that the UAE is preparing for the possibility of… Continue Reading  

Al-Azhar Struggles to Balance Politics and Tradition

by James M. Dorsey When Pope Francis I visited Egypt in 2017 to stimulate inter-faith dialogue he walked into a religious and geopolitical minefield at the heart of which was Al-Azhar, one of the world’s oldest and foremost seats of… Continue Reading  

Russia Joins Gulf States in Coaching Sudan’s Military

by James M. Dorsey Russia has emerged as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ silent partner in assisting the Sudanese military’s efforts to weaken, if not defeat a months-long popular revolt that has already toppled president Omar al-Bashir. Documents… Continue Reading