Militant Islam

The emerging new world order’s alarm bells: Men like Brandon Tarrant and Andreas Breivik

The emerging new world order’s alarm bells: Men like Brandon Tarrant and Andreas Breivik

March 16, 2019

By James M. Dorsey A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr This week’s attack on two mosques in New Zealand reflects a paradigm shift: the erosion of liberal values and the rise of civilisationalism at the expense of the nation state. So do broader phenomena like…

Kashmir puts Chinese counterterrorism on the defensive

Kashmir puts Chinese counterterrorism on the defensive

February 20, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr Heightened tension in Kashmir and evidence of a Chinese military presence on the Tajik and Afghan side of their border with China’s troubled north-western province of Xinjiang are putting on display contradictions…

Indian Muslims: A rich hunting ground for Middle Eastern rivals

January 5, 2019

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Itunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently declared that Turkey was “the only country that can lead the Muslim world,” he probably wasn’t only thinking of Middle Eastern and other Islamic states such as…

Chinese consulate attack puts Pakistan between a rock and a hard place

November 24, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Two attacks in Pakistan, including a brazen assault on the Chinese consulate in Karachi, are likely to complicate prime minister Imran Khan’s efforts to renegotiate China’s massive, controversial Belt and Road investments as well…

The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together

The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together

November 4, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and potential Western sanctions against Saudi Arabia has sparked renewed debate about the value of the longstanding alliance between the United States and the kingdom. The debate is…

Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China

Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China

October 7, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in…

Playing politics with religion: Imran Khan puts himself between a rock and a hard place

August 28, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Less than a week in office, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has made blasphemy one of his first issues, empowering militants and initiating international moves, long heralded by Saudi Arabia, that would restrict press freedom by pushing for a global ban. Mr. Khan, in his first address as…

Crunch time in Pakistan

August 26, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. It’s crunch time in Pakistan. Resolving Pakistan’s financial crisis is likely to require newly appointed prime minister Imran Khan to not only accept an International Monetary Fund (IMF) straightjacket but tackle his and Pakistan’s convoluted relationship to militancy. With the breeding ground for militancy built into the country’s…

Despite concerns, China sees a potential ally in Pakistan’s Imran Khan

July 30, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Pakistani prime minister-in waiting Imran Khan’s ability to chart his own course as well as his relationship with the country’s powerful military is likely to be tested the moment he walks into his new office. Pakistan’s most fundamental problems loom large and are likely to demand his immediate…

Xinjiang: Pan-Turkism fuels China’s hearts-and-minds campaign

July 13, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim world of its crackdown in the north-western province of Xinjiang and strengthen relations with the kingdom and Middle Eastern nations. The efforts to woo a community, a significant…