James M. Dorsey
Senior fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
James M. Dorsey is a scholar and award-winning journalist.
James M. Dorsey is a scholar and award-winning journalist. A senior fellow at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and co-director of the University of Wuerzburg’s Institute of Fan Culture, James is one of the pioneers of the exploration of the political, social and economic aspects of Middle Eastern and North African soccer.
James has published widely in scholarly journals, writes a syndicated column, is the author of the acclaimed blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer and a recently published book with the same title.
His book, Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa( co-authored with Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario), was published in July 2016.
He is currently working on three forthcoming books: China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom, Creating Frankenstein: Saudi Arabia’s Export of Ultra-conservative Islam, and Shifting Sands: Volatile Transitions in the Middle East and North Africa, Essays on Sports and Politics
A two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and a 2013 finalist for the European Press Award, James started covering ethnic and religious conflict as a foreign correspondent in the 1970s.
He served as a foreign correspondent for Dutch newspaper Trouw, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Christian Science Monitor and Dutch and Belgian radio and television. James was based in Beirut, Jerusalem, Cairo, Teheran, Kuwait, Riyadh, Dubai, Larnaca, Athens, Istanbul, Washington, Lima, London, Paris and Amsterdam.
Beyond the Middle East and North Africa, James has also reported over the past four decades from most major conflicts zones in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia, including Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Ethiopia, Somalia, Rwanda, Congo, Eritrea, Yemen, the Western Sahara, Columbia, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Kashmir, Thailand and Bangladesh.
Articles by James M. Dorsey
After Qatar: A Roadmap for Activists
January 13, 2023
What the Ukraine Invasion Means for the Middle East
March 3, 2022
Ukraine Scenarios for Putin and the World
February 26, 2022
Tackling Migration by Fighting Corruption?
January 25, 2022
Russia’s “Civilizational” Push into Africa
January 21, 2022
Is Kazakhstan Russia’s Next Ukraine?
January 6, 2022
Sayonara to Iran’s Arab militias?
December 29, 2021
China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Slowly Imploding?
December 17, 2021
Can We Pull Back From the Brink?
December 4, 2021
Dismantling Global Hindutava
October 20, 2021
Comparing Textbooks: Even Afghanistan Scores Better Than Pakistan
October 14, 2021
Afghanistan: Lessons for the Gulf Region
September 3, 2021
Afghanistan: A Bellwether for Saudi-Iranian Rivalry?
August 6, 2021
Israel: Confronting Central European Revisionism
July 6, 2021
Pakistan Quo Vadis?
June 23, 2021
Sports and Human Rights: Athletes Speak Out
April 14, 2021
The Radicalism of Turkish, Not Saudi, Schoolbooks
March 21, 2021
Israel and the Arab World: A Tectonic Shift
September 24, 2020
Whither the Arab and the Muslim World?
August 23, 2020
Israel-China Relations: Staring Into the Abyss of US-Chinese Decoupling
June 9, 2020
Donald’s Trump’s New Pakistani Soulmates
May 30, 2020
COVID 19: An Outbreak Anywhere Is an Outbreak Everywhere
May 13, 2020
Sportswashing: Saudi Arabia’s Dark “Soccer Diplomacy”
April 19, 2020
COVID 19 and the Middle East
April 6, 2020
Middle East: How Refugees, Shantytowns and Sanctions Imperil Global Public Health
March 24, 2020
Coronavirus and the Middle East
March 16, 2020
Iran Plays Chess, the US Backgammon
January 9, 2020
2010s: A Decade of Defiance and Dissent
January 6, 2020
The Killing of Qassem Soleimani: The US Misreads the Tea Leaves
January 4, 2020
Now Russia Accuses China of Technology Theft
January 2, 2020
Prague Vs. China, Inc.
December 1, 2019
Trump and Erdogan’s Blind Spot
November 15, 2019
Pakistan: Islamists Join the Global Protest Fray
October 29, 2019
Turkey and the Kurds: What Goes Around Comes Around
October 16, 2019
Putin (Clumsily) Seeks to Exploit Gulf Tensions
September 26, 2019
Modi Seizes Kashmir
August 15, 2019
1984 Revisited: The Rise of the Neo-Authoritarians
August 8, 2019
Erdogan’s Risky China Gamble
July 20, 2019
Middle East: Towards a Nuclear Arms Race
July 10, 2019
China: Standing Up to US on Iran
June 12, 2019
Saudi Arabia Vs. Iran and Qatar (cont.)
May 3, 2019
Saudi Arabia’s Profound Failure in the Middle East
April 6, 2019
Calling Out China on Global Terrorism
April 2, 2019
Turkey Plants Its Flag in Christchurch
March 19, 2019
Pakistan: Caught in Saudi-Chinese Crosshairs
February 15, 2019
China’s Global Battle over Human Rights
January 23, 2019
The Saudi Battle for India
January 6, 2019
India’s Muslims: Rich Hunting Ground for Middle Eastern Rivals
January 5, 2019
Is the US Finally Seeing Saudi Arabia for What It Is?
December 7, 2018
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed at the G-20 Summit
November 30, 2018
Asia and the Overrated Gulf Countries
November 25, 2018
The Khashoggi Murder: How Saudi Arabia Tries to Extricate Itself
November 19, 2018
Spineless: The Real Meaning of Smoothing-Over Khashoggi’s Murder
October 20, 2018
Is Saudi Arabia Getting Unmoored?
October 15, 2018
Saudi Arabia’s Jig’s Up: Khashoggi Case Reshapes the Middle East
October 11, 2018
Turkey and Saudi Arabia: Engaged in a Journalist-Snatching Alliance?
October 4, 2018
The US and Iran Battle It out at the UN
September 25, 2018
Party Vs. Faith: China Drafts Restrictions for All Religions
September 12, 2018
UK: Aimlessly Aiding and Abetting Saudi Arabia?
September 7, 2018
Pakistan: Playing Politics with Religion
August 30, 2018
The Turkey-China Debt Nexus
August 21, 2018
Dissing Canada: How the Saudis Beat Themselves
August 9, 2018
Driving Turkey into the Arms of Russia?
August 7, 2018
Can the US Make the Iran Sanctions Stick?
August 6, 2018
Talking to Rouhani: Trump Shooting from the Hip? Or Following a Script?
August 1, 2018
US Spurring Instability in the Middle East
July 31, 2018
As Goes Fenerbahce, So Does Erdogan?
June 22, 2018
Iran Nuclear Deal: China Approaches a Watershed
May 27, 2018
Playing US Sanctions: China Walks a Fine Line in Iran
May 11, 2018
Iraq on the Mend?
May 10, 2018
How China Gets Sucked Into the Middle East
May 3, 2018
Shooting an Own Goal: China’s Belt and Road Funding Terms Spark Criticism
March 27, 2018
Saudi Moderation: How Far Will Crown Prince Mohammed Go?
March 22, 2018
A Saudi Break With Ultra-Conservatism?
February 20, 2018
Asia’s Dark Underbelly and Long-Term Development
February 9, 2018
Iran: Threat of Renewed Sanctions Reshapes Economic Thinking
February 7, 2018
Gulf Crisis: Is Qatar Really the “Region’s Israel?”
February 3, 2018
Is Peace in Yemen Possible?
December 23, 2017
Transition in the Middle East: Transition to What?
December 4, 2017
Why Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gamble May Pay Off
December 1, 2017
Pakistan: Where China Hits a Wall
November 30, 2017
FIFA On Trial: More Evidence of Corruption
November 22, 2017
Prince Mohammed’s Latest Gamble
November 5, 2017
The Kurdish, Iran, Iraq and US Quadrangle
November 3, 2017
Reforming Saudi Arabia: Easier Said Than Done
October 30, 2017
Gulf Crisis: Advantage Qatar
October 26, 2017
The Saudi Paper Tiger
October 8, 2017
Battling for Independence: Small States Stake Their Claim
October 6, 2017
Letting Saudi Women Drive
October 1, 2017
How Trump’s Iran Move Plays Into China’s Hands
September 25, 2017
Toward Kurdish Independence?
September 19, 2017
Cleaning Up the Olympics?
September 17, 2017
The BRICS Turn Against Pakistan
September 9, 2017
The Two Faces of the Gulf Crisis: Inching Toward Social Change
August 18, 2017
The Two Faces of the Gulf Crisis: Arms Race
August 17, 2017
Gulf Media Wars: No Winners, Only Losers
August 14, 2017
Saudi Arabia Vs. the World
June 30, 2017
Saudi’s Crown Prince: A Youthful Gambler
June 26, 2017
The Rise of Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman
June 22, 2017
The Gulf Crisis: Southeast Asia Has Seen It All Before
June 21, 2017
Qatar: Did they Back The “Wrong” Insurgents?
June 14, 2017
Qatar: Why Turkey Steps Into the Fray
June 8, 2017
The Global Dimensions of the Qatar Crisis
June 6, 2017
Hitting Qatar, Targeting Iran
June 5, 2017
The Muslim World’s Struggle to Counter Militancy
May 25, 2017
Pakistan Vs. China’s Grand Designs
May 19, 2017
The Pope in Egypt: Tiptoeing Through a Minefield
April 30, 2017
Trump and China: Risking a Middle East Arms Race
April 26, 2017
The U.S. Diplomatic Dangles Toward Iran
April 26, 2017
What Trump’s Syria Bombing Really Means
April 9, 2017
Iran’s Surprisingly Strong Geopolitical Hand
March 12, 2017
Walking a Tightrope: China Maneuvers Between Saudi Arabia and Iran
March 11, 2017
The China Dream Hits Reality
February 26, 2017
Women’s Gyms Lay Bare Limits of Saudi Reforms
February 19, 2017
Trump Vs. Pakistan
February 10, 2017
Tackling Iran: Trump Fuels the Fire
February 6, 2017
What Will Trump Do About Saudi Arabia?
February 3, 2017
Russia Spreads Its Wings in the Gulf
January 22, 2017
2017: Saudi Arabia’s Annus Horribilis?
January 11, 2017
Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future
December 26, 2016
Istanbul Bombings: Kurds and Erdogan Playing Political Football
December 12, 2016
Saudi Arabia’s 2030 Mirage
November 19, 2016
Egypt’s Al-Sisi Under Pressure
November 6, 2016
A Rare Saudi-Iranian Détente: No Soccer, Please!
October 8, 2016
UAE Vs. Saudi: Fighting for the Soul of Islam
October 1, 2016
Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi Export of Ultra-Conservatism
August 26, 2016
The “Boytrap”: When the Islamic State Goes to Play Soccer
August 19, 2016
Who Drives Political Violence in Pakistan?
August 13, 2016