It’s when not if China’s Middle Eastern tightrope snaps

By James Dorsey China is manoeuvring to avoid being sucked into the Middle East’s numerous disputes amid mounting debate in Beijing on whether the People’s Republic will be able to remain aloof yet ensure the safety and security of its… Continue Reading  

Salvaging international law: The best of bad options

by James M. Dorsey These are uncertain times with trade wars, regional conflicts and increased abuse of human and minority rights pockmarking the transition from a unipolar to a multipolar world. What may be potentially the most dangerous casualty of… Continue Reading  

Global protests: Russia and China risk ending up on the wrong side of history

By James M. Dorsey Widespread perceptions see Russia together with China as the rising powers in the Middle East as a result of America’s flip flops in Syria and US president Donald J. Trump’s transactional approach towards foreign policy as… Continue Reading  

Popular Protest: How Effective Is It?

By James M. Dorsey If there is one theme, beyond corruption and a host of economic and social grievances, that have driven protests — large and small, local, sectoral and national – across the globe, it has been a call… Continue Reading  

Turkey and the Kurds: What Goes Around Comes Around

by James M. Dorsey Turkey, like much of the Middle East, is discovering that what goes around comes around. Not only because President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have miscalculated the fallout of what may prove to be a foolhardy… Continue Reading