Turkish-Russian Tension Set to Spill Onto European Pitches

By James M Dorsey   The escalating Turkish-Russian crisis following Turkey’s downing in November of a Russian war plane promises to spill onto European soccer pitches with FC Lokomotiv Moscow set to play Fenerbahce SK, notorious for its fiery fan … Continue reading

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Is Iran Turning its Back on Syria?

By James M. Dorsey RSIS Commentaries No. 129/2011 dated 6 September 2011 Synopsis Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s staunchest ally, Iran, is hinting that its support for the embattled leader is not unconditional. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is preparing for the likelihood … Continue reading

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China scores fatal own goals in competition for post-Qaddafi Libya

By James M. Dorsey China has scored two near fatal own goals in the race for influence and lucrative contracts in oil-rich post-Qaddafi Libya. A document disclosed this weekend testifies to China preparing to supply as late as July weapons … Continue reading

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Myanmar has much to teach autocratic Arab leaders when it comes to soccer

By James M. Dorsey   When it comes to soccer as a release valve for pent-up anger and frustration, Myanmar’s authoritarian leaders are proving to be far better students of Roman history than their embattled Arab counterparts. If Arab leaders … Continue reading

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Qaddafi sons: two sides of the same coin?

By James M. Dorsey It is hard to fathom that Colonel Moammar Qaddafi’s third son, Al Saadi Al Qaddafi, would truly be any more conciliatory to NATO-backed Libyan rebels who have effectively replaced his father as the country’s rulers, than … Continue reading

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Algerian-Qatari tension over Libya spills onto the soccer pitch

By James M. Dorsey Diplomatic tensions between Algeria and Qatar over the Gulf state’s support for NATO-backed Libyan rebels are spilling onto the soccer field. As part of a litany of alleged anti-Algerian moves by Qatar, Algerian media are accusing … Continue reading

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Risk of messy transition

By James M. Dorsey   ITH Nato-backed rebels capturing Tripoli and members of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s family, Libya could emerge as the Arab world’s first revolution rather than its third successful popular revolt following the toppling earlier this year of … Continue reading

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US and the Middle East: PR fiasco looms for Obama

By James M. Dorsey   Synopsis President Obama faces a public relations disaster in the Arab and Muslim world next month with his expected rejection of recognition of Palestinian statehood by the United Nations General Assembly. Obama could do much … Continue reading

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Fall of Qaddafi poses policy challenge for China and Russia

By James M. Dorsey   Significant advances by NATO-backed Libyan rebels pose a significant policy challenge for China and Russia that could prompt a rethinking of their support for autocratic leaders in the Middle East and North Africa. As Russia … Continue reading

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Libya at crossroads: A model for the Middle East or a revolution that goes awry?

By James M. Dorsey   With NATO-backed rebels capturing Tripoli and members of Colonel Moammar Qaddafi’s family, Libya could emerge as the Middle East and North Africa’s first revolution rather than its third successful revolt following the toppling earlier this … Continue reading

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