Dr. James Dorsey

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Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog.He is veteran, and an award-winning foreign correspondent for four decades in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Financial Times. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, workshops and seminars and is consulted by governments, corporations and judicial authorities.James won the Dolf van den Broek prize in 2003 and was a two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 and 1988 as well as was a finalist for the 2012 European Press Prize; the Kurt Schork Award and the Amnesty International Media Award in 2002 and the Index on Censorship Award in 2012.His email address is isjmdorsey@ntu.edu.sg

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Playing With Fire: China Fuels Middle East Arms Race

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Whither the Arab and the Muslim world?

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Rejiggering Gulf Security: China’s Game of Shadow Boxing

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Iranian-Indian-Russian Push: Alternative to Suez & BRI?

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The China-Iran deal: Not about business but strategic communication

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