Crunch Time In Pakistan

Imran Khan (Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey It’s crunch time in Pakistan. Resolving Pakistan’s financial crisis is likely to require newly appointed prime minister Imran Khan to not only accept an International Monetary Fund (IMF) straightjacket but tackle his and Pakistan’s convoluted relationship… Continue Reading  

Regional Players Manoeuvre To Reengineer The Israeli-Palestinian Landscape

Mohammed Dahlan

by James M. Dorsey A possible ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip, is proving to be much more than an effort to end escalating violence that threatens to spark yet another Middle Eastern… Continue Reading  

The Uyghur Militant Threat: China Cracks Down And Mulls Policy Changes

The Kashgar Id Kah Mosque in Xinjiang, China

by James M. Dorsey China, responding to United Nations criticism, academic and media reports, and an embarrassing court case in Kazakhstan, has come closer to admitting that it has brutally cracked down on the strategic north-western province of Xinjiang in… Continue Reading  

Amid Ethnic Protests, Iran Warns of Foreign Meddling

MEK leader Maryam Rajavi and Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani

by James M. Dorsey Iran has raised the spectre of a US-Saudi effort to destabilize the country by exploiting economic grievances against the backdrop of circumstantial evidence that Washington and Riyadh are playing with scenarios for stirring unrest among the… Continue Reading  

Yemen War Challenges Saudi Moral Authority

Anti-war protest in London (Alisdare Hickson via Flickr)

By James M. Dorsey Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and Israel, and his often coercive approach to diplomatic relations, has opened the door to challenges… Continue Reading