Chabahar: Still Exempted from Iran Sanctions

by James M. Dorsey The Indian-backed Iranian port of Chabahar has emerged as a major loophole in a tightening military and economic noose and ever harsher U.S. sanctions that President Donald J. Trump, reluctant to be sucked into yet another… Continue Reading  

War in Libya: A Rare Instance of U.S.-Russian Cooperation

by James M. Dorsey There is little that Russia and the United States agree on these days. Renegade Libyan Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar may be a rare exception. As Haftar’s mortars rained on the southern suburbs of the Libyan… Continue Reading  

Arab Protests 2.0

by James M. Dorsey Momentous developments across Arab North and East Africa suggest the long-drawn-out process of political transition in the region as well as the greater Middle East is still in its infancy. So does popular discontent in Syria… Continue Reading  

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