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Nov 30, 2021, 4:51 PM
Saudi religious moderation is as much PR as it is theology
Mohammed Ali al-Husseini, one of Saudi Arabia’s newest naturalized citizens, ticks all the boxes needed to earn brownie points in the kingdom’s quest for religious soft power garnered by positioning itself as the beacon of 'moderate,' albeit autocratic, Islam. A...
Nov 28, 2021, 9:57 AM
Testing the waters: Russia explores reconfiguring Gulf security
By James M. Dorsey Russia hopes to blow new life into a proposal for a multilateral security architecture in the Gulf, with the tacit approval of the Biden administration. If successful, the initiative would help stabilise the region, cement regional efforts...
Nov 25, 2021, 3:03 PM
UAE chalks up diplomatic successes with uncertain payoffs
By James M. Dorsey It has been a good week for United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Headline-grabbing, fast-paced moves reinforce the UAE's position as a regional power. They highlight the UAE's willingness to chart a course that increasingly...
Nov 24, 2021, 12:11 PM
Tackling migration crises: Fighting corruption may help
Twenty-three-year-old Mohamed Rasheed was at a loss after returning to Iraq from a grueling failed attempt to cross the Belarus-Polish border. “There’s no life for us here. There are no jobs; there is no future,” he told a Washington...
Nov 23, 2021, 6:36 AM
Qatari World Cup sparks healthy controversy across multiple issues
By James M. Dorsey When seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton wore a helmet this weekend featuring the colours of the LGBTI Pride Progress Flag during the debut Qatar Grand Prix, he was challenging more than the Gulf state’s...
Nov 20, 2021, 10:26 AM
A new world: The Middle East tries cooperation alongside competition
By James M. Dorsey Just in case there were any doubts, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu demonstrated with his visit to Lebanon this week that improved relations between Middle Eastern rivals would not bury hatchets. On the contrary, improved relations shifts...
Nov 17, 2021, 5:07 AM
Saudi keeps eye on religious ball in global competition for talent
By James M. Dorsey Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has tamed his kingdom’s ultra-conservative religious establishment and made hyper-nationalism rather than religion a pillar of a new 21st century Saudi identity. But the first beneficiaries of a recent decree to...
Nov 14, 2021, 10:00 AM
Pulling back from the brink: Religious & ethnic intolerance threaten to spin out of control
The family of nations is balancing on the edge of an abyss as mushrooming religious and ethnic intolerance becomes the norm. Western as well as non-Western societies have helped paved the road towards the abyss: the West by abandoning the...
Nov 11, 2021, 10:12 AM
Whither Muslim solidarity and moderation?
By James M. Dorsey Former Saudi intelligence chief Prince Turki AlFaisal Al Saud must have gotten his tenses mixed up when he asserted in a recently published memoir that no one should underestimate the political importance of Muslims’ commitment to...
Nov 8, 2021, 5:00 PM
South Asia replaces Middle East as epicentre of Muslim ultra-conservatism
By James M. Dorsey As Middle Eastern states attempt to manage their political and security differences, Muslim-majority countries are regrouping along a fault line that separates proponents of varying concepts of an authoritarian but religiously and socially more tolerant, ‘moderate...
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.