James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, a syndicated columnist and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer.
Comment: Women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive, but the male guardianship that subjects women to the will of their menfolk remains in place, writes James M. Dorsey.
With attention in the Middle East focused on the Gulf crisis, the United Arab Emirates is elsewhere seeking to reshape the region in ways that could alter its power dynamics
Comment: The Saudi-UAE list of demands would effectively place Qatar under guardianship, and undermine the principle of freedom of expression and national sovereignty, writes James Dorsey.
Comment: The rupture in Arab diplomatic relations with Qatar raises the stakes for many non-Arab Muslim nations, and threatens to jeopardise their relations with Qatar, writes James Dorsey.
Egyptian football 'ultra fans' could once again be at the forefront of anti-government protests, as Sisi's policies fail to appease them and address wider issues, argues Dr. James M. Dorsey
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his brutal regime are beginning to recognise and acknowledge the potential street power of the country's diehard football fans, writes James M. Dorsey.