Dr. James M. Dorsey

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Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and co-host of the New Books in Middle Eastern Studies podcast. James is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title as well as Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa.


OPINION: China Holds Key to Dodging US Sanctions in Iran

Dr. James M. Dorsey

The stakes in the battle to save the Iranian nuclear deal go far beyond a belief that the agreement is serving its purpose in curbing potential Iranian nuclear ambitions.


ANALYSIS: China's Thirst for Oil a Strategic Advantage in the Middle East

Dr. James M. Dorsey

The Middle East needs China to buy its oil, but the PRC is starting to realize and wield its economic power.


Bangladesh Looks to Saudi Arabia to Fight Islamic Militancy

Dr. James M. Dorsey

Bangladesh is the first to ask Saudi Arabia for help pushing back forms of Islam perpetrated by the Saudis themselves.


Fearing Violence, China Cracks Down on Uyghur Identity Worldwide

Dr. James M. Dorsey

Said a Chinese official, 'You can’t uproot all the weeds hidden among the crops in the field one by one — you need to spray chemicals to kill them all.'


China Deserts Pakistan over Militancy Dilemma

Dr. James M. Dorsey

Pakistan was put on a financial watch list over alleged funding of anti-Indian militants, a move that China could have blocked.


Uyghur Extraditions Reveal China's Growing Surveillance State

Dr. James M. Dorsey

China's concern about growing Uyghur unrest has led to Orwellian measures being imposed on Xinjiang and elsewhere.


Conflicts across Asia Threaten Stability and Development

Dr. James M. Dorsey

The Rohingya crisis is only the latest failure of humanity that will impact the world for decades to come.


MALAYSIA: Activist's Disappearance Stirs Debate about Saudi-Funded Intolerance

Dr. James M. Dorsey

An activist vilified for his religion before vanishing is at the center of swirling accusations of religious intolerance.


Chinese Engineer's Disappearance Puts Spotlight on Pakistan

Dr. James M. Dorsey

The vanishing of Pingzhi Liu brings into sharp relief heightened geopolitical tensions in Pakistan.

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