Popular Protest: How Effective Is It?

By James M. Dorsey If there is one theme, beyond corruption and a host of economic and social grievances, that have driven protests — large and small, local, sectoral and national – across the globe, it has been a call… Continue Reading  

Turkey and the Kurds: What Goes Around Comes Around

by James M. Dorsey Turkey, like much of the Middle East, is discovering that what goes around comes around. Not only because President Recep Tayyip Erdogan appears to have miscalculated the fallout of what may prove to be a foolhardy… Continue Reading  

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