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The Turbulent World of Middle East · 23h ago

Asian ports: Pitfalls of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

Source: Daily MailBy James M. DorseyTroubled ports in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, envisioned as part of China’s string of pearls linking the Eurasian heartland to the Middle Kingdom, exemplify p...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 4d ago

Whither the Muslim World’s NATO?

Source: DawnBy James M. DorseyControversy and uncertainty over the possible appointment of a Pakistani general as commander of a 40-nation, Saudi-led, anti-Iranian military alliance dubbed t...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 6d ago

Bowing to pressure: Iran grants women spectators access to sporting event

By James M. DorseyIran, bowing to external pressure, has allowed women spectators to attend a premier international men’s volleyball tournament on the island of Kish. The Iranian concession ...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 1W ago

Challenging the state- Pakistani militants form deadly alliance

By James M. Dorsey and Azaz SyedThis week’s suicide bombing of a popular Sufi shrine is the latest operation of a recently formed alliance of militant jihadist and sectarian groups that incl...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 1W ago

Militants put half-hearted Pakistani counter-terrorism at crossroads

Source: The NewsBy James M. DorseyA militant faction associated with the Pakistani Taliban has put Pakistani authorities, already under pressure from the United States and an Asian money lau...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 1W ago

Women’s gyms lay bare limits of Saudi reforms

 By James M. DorseyA Saudi decision to license within weeks the kingdom’s first women-only gyms constitutes progress in a country in which women’s rights are severely curtailed. It also lays...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 3W ago

Pakistani crackdown: One hand works to neutralize the other

By James M. DorseyPakistan has put one of the world’s most wanted men under house arrest in a half-hearted crackdown on a militant group with close ties to the military and intelligence in a...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 1W ago

EXCLUSIVE - Going into politics: Detained Pakistani militant tests the system

By Azaz Syed and James M. DorseyMuhammad Hafez Saeed, the recently detained UN and US-designated global terrorist and one of the world’s most wanted men, plans to register his group, Jama’at...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 2W ago

Trump pressured to confront Pakistan on support for militants

Source: The Express TribuneBy James M. DorseyPressure on the Trump administration is mounting to adopt a tougher position towards Pakistani support of militants in Afghanistan as well as Pak...
The Turbulent World of Middle East · 2W ago

Protecting Militants: China blocks UN listing of Pakistani as a globally designated terrorist

By James M. DorseyChina, at the behest of Pakistan, has prevented the United Nations from listing a prominent Pakistani militant as a globally designated terrorist. China’s protection of Mas...