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

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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  

Efforts to Return Syria’s Assad to Arab Fold Amount to Hollow Victory for Autocrats

Bashar al-Assad (Wikimedia Commons)

by James M. Dorsey Two developments, the pending return of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to the Arab fold and protests in Sudan, Jordan and Tunisia, send contradictory messages of where the Middle East and North Africa are headed.

U.S. Troop Withdrawals Threaten Greater Gulf Assertiveness

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by James M. Dorsey As far as Gulf leaders are concerned, President Donald J. Trump demonstrated with his announced US troop withdrawals from Syria and Afghanistan [reports of the latter have been disputed by the Trump administration] that his insistence that the… Continue Reading  

Crackdown in Xinjiang: China and the Islamic World’s Achilles Heel

Uyghurs in a market in Kashgar, Xinjiang (Kylie Nicholson / Shutterstock.com)

by James M. Dorsey A disagreement between major Indonesian religious leaders and the government on how to respond to China’s crackdown on Turkic Muslims raises questions about the Islamic World’s ability to sustain its silence about what amounts to one… Continue Reading  

Stepped Up U.S. Military Posture in the Gulf Threatens Indian Hopes for Iran’s Chabahar Port

Chabahar coast, Iran (Wikimedia Commons)

by James M. Dorsey The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic missiles is likely to dampen Indian hopes that the Trump administration’s exemption of the port… Continue Reading