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Oct 11, 2021, 12:30 PM
Gulf security: It’s not all bad news
By James M. Dorsey Gulf states are in a pickle. They fear that the emerging parameters of a reconfigured US commitment to security in the Middle East threaten to upend a more-than-a-century-old pillar of regional security and leave them with no...
Oct 9, 2021, 1:21 PM
Reducing Middle East tensions potentially lessens sectarianism & opens women’s door
By James M. Dorsey Two separate developments involving improved relations between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and women’s sporting rights demonstrate major shifts in how rivalry for leadership of the Muslim world and competition to define Islam in the 21st century...
Oct 7, 2021, 1:35 PM
Comparing textbooks: Even Afghanistan scores better than Pakistan
Societal struggles and reform often take unexpected turns in vast swaths of land stretching from the Middle East into Central Asia. Take education for example. The Taliban have yet to fulfil their promise to allow girls to return to school, but...
Oct 4, 2021, 11:22 AM
Concern about Iran prompts Israel to weigh acknowledging its own nuclear weapons
On their way from Tel Aviv airport to Jerusalem in 1977 then Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Yigael Yadin asked President Anwar Sadat, the first Arab leader to ever officially visit Israel, why the Egyptian military had not moved deeper...
Oct 1, 2021, 12:17 PM
Afghanistan highlights link between religious soft power and Gulf security
When Qatari foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Thani this week described the Taliban’s repressive policies towards women and brutal administration of justice as “very disappointing” and taking Afghanistan “a step backwards,” he was doing more than holding Qatar up...
Sep 29, 2021, 9:45 AM
UAE nation branding encounters early headwinds
Israeli activists' opposition to the pipeline deal and European censure over human rights offenses are among the factors tarnishing Emirati prestige
Sep 26, 2021, 1:27 PM
UAE-Israel relations risk being built on questionable assumptions
A year of diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel has proven to be mutually beneficial. The question is whether the assumptions underlying the UAE’s initiative that led three other Arab countries to also formalise their relations...
Sep 23, 2021, 2:52 PM
Battle for the Soul of Islam: Will the real reformer stand up?
Saudi and Emirati efforts to define ‘moderate’ Islam as socially more liberal while being subservient to an autocratic ruler is as much an endeavor to ensure regime survival and bolster aspirations to lead the Muslim world as it is...
Dr. James M. Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and scholar and a Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute. He is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer.