Saudi Arabia and Iran: Pot Calling Kettle Black on Exiles

Lars Lokke Rasmussen (Johannes Jansson/norden.org)

by James M. Dorsey If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul, Iran risks straining relations with Europe at a time that it needs European… Continue Reading  

Turkey Plays Khashoggi Crisis to Its Geopolitical Advantage

Recep Tayyip Erdogan (Gints Ivuskans via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey With Turkish investigators asserting that they have found further evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he visited the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Turkey appears to be leveraging the case to enhance its… Continue Reading  

Journalist’s Disappearance Challenges Fragile Middle Eastern Pragmatism

Jamal Kashoggi (POMED via Flickr)

by James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia and Turkey, despite being on opposite sides of Middle Eastern divides, are cooperating in Syria to enable youth and women to acquire skills that would either allow them to compete in the job market or turn… Continue Reading  

Fragility of Middle East Alliances Becomes Ever More Apparent

Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan

by James M. Dorsey Three recent developments lay bare the fragility of Middle Eastern alliances and a rebalancing of their priorities: the Russian-Turkish compromise on an assault on the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, the fate of troubled Abu Dhabi airline Ettihad,… Continue Reading  

China Struggles with Belt and Road Pushback

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by James M. Dorsey China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt or fail to meet their needs, has conceded that adjustments may be necessary. “It’s normal… Continue Reading