Landing in Riyadh: Geopolitics Work in Putin’s Favour

by James M. Dorsey When Russian President Vladimir Putin lands in Riyadh this week for the second time in 12 years, his call for endorsement of his proposal to replace the US defense umbrella in the Gulf with a multilateral… Continue Reading  

Running Hot and Cold: Gulf Balances on the Edge of War and Peace

by James M. Dorsey With war and peace hanging in the balance, tensions in the Gulf are running hot and cold. Saudi and Iranian leaders are this week walking back from the brink, signalling that they want to avoid outright… Continue Reading  

Hints of Gulf Rapprochement: Iranian Tactics May Be Paying Off

by James M. Dorsey Fears of a potential military conflict with Iran may have opened the door to a Saudi-Iranian dialogue against the backdrop of a rethink of US military logistics, involving at least a gradual partial relocation to the… Continue Reading  

Eurasia’s Great Game: India, Japan, and Europe Play to Putin’s Needs

by James M. Dorsey Eurasia’s Great Game is anything but simple and straightforward. A burgeoning alliance between China and Russia that at least for now is relegating potential differences between the two powers to the sidelines has sparked a complex… Continue Reading  

Big Power Rivalry in the Gulf Requires a US Strategy Rethink

by James M. Dorsey As French, Pakistani and other leaders seek to engineer a meeting between the US and Iranian presidents on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, big power rivalry could rack up tension in the waters… Continue Reading