The Fallacy of Soccer’s Magical Bridge-Building Qualities

by James M. Dorsey Imagining himself as a peacemaker in a conflict-ridden part of the world, FIFA President Gianni Infantino sees a 2022 World Cup shared by Qatar with its Gulf detractors, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, as… Continue Reading  

Iran, North Korea, and the Pitfalls of “Maximum Pressure”

by James M. Dorsey Donald J. Trump’s hitherto failed “maximum pressure” approach to Iran, as well as for that matter North Korea, begs the question what the US president’s true objectives are and what options he is left with should… Continue Reading  

Turkish-Chinese Spat Puts Central Asian Leaders on the Spot

by James M. Dorsey A Turkish-Chinese spat as a result of Turkish criticism of China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its strategic but troubled north-western province of Xinjiang complicates efforts by Kazakhstan and other Central Asian states to at best… Continue Reading  

Turkish Condemnation of Xinjiang cracks Muslim Wall of Silence

by James M. Dorsey In perhaps the most significant condemnation to date of China’s brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in its north-western province of Xinjiang. Turkey’s foreign ministry demanded this weekend that Chinese authorities respect human rights of the Uighurs… Continue Reading  

Black Swans Haunt Eurasia’s Great Game

by James M. Dorsey The battle lines in the twenty-first century’s Great Game aimed at shaping the creation of a new Eurasia-centered world, built on the likely fusion of Europe and Asia into what former Portuguese Europe minister Bruno Macaes… Continue Reading