Eurasia’s Great Game and the Future of the China-Russia Alliance

by James M. Dorsey Addressing last year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, then US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis dismissed fears first voiced in 1997 by Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of America’s greatest 20th century strategists who advised US presidents Lyndon B. Johnson… Continue Reading  

Economic Reform in the Gulf: Who Benefits?

by James M. Dorsey For Gulf leaders, long-overdue economic reforms were never going to be easy. Leaders like the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed, quickly discovered that copying… Continue Reading  

Balochistan: A Geopolitical Powder Keg

by James M. Dorsey Balochistan should be oozing with optimism as Chinese and Saudi investment pours into the troubled Pakistani province. It is not. Instead, Balochistan, a key node in China’s Belt and Road initiative that borders Iran, is gripped… Continue Reading  

Why MbS May Not Want More Reform

by Paul R. Pillar The image in the West of Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) certainly took a big hit with the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate in Istanbul. Many who… Continue Reading  

A Missed Opportunity to Protect Muslims in China

by Farida Deif News of a major new crackdown on Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in China’s Xinjiang region, including locking up as many as a million people without charge in “political re-education” camps, has made major headlines around the… Continue Reading