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  

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  

Saudi Arabia and the West’s Right Wing: A Dubious Alliance

by James M. Dorsey Traditionally focused on ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islam, Saudi funding in the era of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has been streamlined and finetuned to ensure that it serves his geopolitical ambitions, primarily stymying the expansion of… Continue Reading