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James Dorsey, an award-winning Singapore-based Research Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and also a columnist for many publications over the years. His career in journalism and consulting has spanned almost four decades and several continents. He has covered ethnic and religious conflict and terrorism across the globe for more than three decades. Over his career, Mr. Dorsey served as a foreign correspondent for among others The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor and UPI in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, Central America and Washington. He is also the Chairman and Founder of Quest Ltd., which runs a global network of 800 journalists interested in water and sustainable development. Currently, Mr. Dorsey writes free-lance and frequently appears as a commentator on radio and television.

China struggles with Belt and Road pushback

James M. Dorsey | China, in an implicit recognition that at least some of its Belt and Road-related projects risk trapping target countries in debt...

Party vs Faith: China drafts restrictions for all religions – James...

James M. Dorsey | China intends to extend aspects of its crackdown on Islam in the north-western province of Xinjiang to all religions as is...

Turkic Muslims: China and the Muslim world’s Achilles heel- James...

James M. Dorsey | A list of 26 predominantly Muslim countries considered sensitive by China reflects Chinese concerns that they could reinforce religious sentiment among...

The battle for Idlib: A potential Catch-22 for China – James...

James M. Dorsey | An impending Russian-backed Syrian assault on Idlib, the war-wracked country’s last rebel stronghold, risks putting Uyghurs in the spotlight at a...

Criticism of Saudi leadership seeps through cracks as report questions kingdom’s...

James M. Dorsey | Signs of opposition to policies of Saudi King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and potentially increased domestic...

Self-fulfilling prophecies: Chinese fear attacks by Uyghur jihadists – James Dorsey

James M. Dorsey | A seemingly obsessive fear of Uyghur nationalist and religious sentiment has prompted Chinese leaders to contemplate military involvement in Syria and...

Crunch time in Pakistan – James Dorsey

James M. Dorsey | It’s crunch time in Pakistan. Resolving Pakistan’s financial crisis is likely to require newly appointed prime minister Imran Khan to not...

Playing politics with religion: Imran Khan puts himself between a rock...

James M. Dorsey | Less than a week in office, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has made blasphemy one of his first issues, empowering militants...

Pakistan at a crossroads as Imran Khan is sworn in -James...

James M. Dorsey | Criticism of Pakistan’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance regime by the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG) is likely to...

Turkey’s financial crisis raises questions about China’s debt-driven development model

 James M. Dorsey | Financial injections by Qatar and possibly China may resolve Turkey’s immediate economic crisis, aggravated by a politics-driven trade war with the...

Amid ethnic protests, Iran warns of foreign meddling

James M. Dorsey | Iran has raised the specter of a US-Saudi effort to destabilize the country by exploiting economic grievances against the backdrop of...

The Uyghur militant threat: China cracks down and mulls policy changes

James M. Dorsey | China, responding to United Nations criticism, academic and media reports, and an embarrassing court case in Kazakhstan, has come closer to...

Yemen war challenges Saudi moral authority

James M. Dorsey | Saudi conduct of its ill-fated war in Yemen coupled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s alignment with the Trump administration and...

Saudi Arabia and Iran woo incoming Pakistani prime minister

James M Dorsey | An offer by a Saudi-backed bank to lend financially strapped Pakistan US$4 billion is likely intended to bolster Saudi influence when former international...

Multiple diplomatic spats raise questions about Saudi concept of sovereignty

James M. Dorsey | The failure of western allies to rally around Canada in its dispute with Saudi Arabia risks luring the kingdom into a...

Can the US make Iran sanctions stick?

James M Dorsey | Recent Iranian trade figures suggest that the United Arab Emirates, a strong backer of US efforts to squeeze Iran economically, could emerge...

Big power competition in the Eastern Mediterranean: Is Trump missing the...

James M. Dorsey | A Trump administration decision to sanction two key Turkish officials in retaliation for the continued detention of an American cleric coupled...

Talking to Rouhani: Is Trump shooting from the hip or following...

James M Dorsey | Message to Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Tel Aviv: Not to worry, US President Donald J. Trump has no intention of meeting...

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

James M Dorsey | 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...

Lack of global leadership spurs instability in the Middle East

James M. Dorsey | With multiple Middle Eastern disputes threatening to spill out of control, United Arab Emirates minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar...

Saudi oil shipment halt: A potential watershed in the Yemen war

James M. Dorsey | A spike in oil prices as a result of a temporary halt in shipments through the strategic Bab el Mandeb strait may be...

Securing Xinjiang: China adds security component to belt and road initiative

James M Dorsey | China appears to be shifting gears in its multi-billion dollar Belt and Road initiative. Long projected as driven by economics and...

Saudi-UK media tie-up: Targeting the non-Arabic speaking Middle East

James M Dorsey | Long satisfied to attempt to dominate pan-Arab media and battle it out with Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera television network, Saudi Arabia...

Russian Hackers: The shadowy world of US and Gulf hacks just...

James M Dorsey | The covert Qatar-United Arab Emirates cyberwar that helped spark the 13-month-old Gulf crisis that pits a Saudi-United Arab Emirates-led alliance against...

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

Dr. James M. Dorsey | Chinese efforts to woo Saudi Arabia’s ethnic Chinese community highlight the People’s Republic’s effort to avert criticism from the Muslim...

The battle for Iran: Policy or regime change?

James M Dorsey | Iran, in the latest of a series of incidents on its western and south-eastern borders, said it had disbanded a Pakistan-based...

Pakistan’s financial crisis puts OBOR in jeopardy

James M Dorsey | Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and...

Saudi religious diplomacy targets Jerusalem

James M Dorsey | A United Arab Emirates-backed Saudi effort to wrest control from Jordan of Islam’s holy places in Jerusalem signals a sharper, more...

The Middle East: History threatens to repeat itself

James M Dorsey | If the notion that history repeats itself is accurate, it is nowhere truer than in the Middle East where the international...

Malaysian-Saudi relations: A lesson in the pitfalls of authoritarianism and autocracy

James M Dorsey | Embattled former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was the main loser in last month’s election upset that returned Mahathir Mohamad to...

Saudi effort to isolate Iran internationally produces results

James M. Dorsey | Saudi efforts to isolate Iran internationally are producing results in North Africa and Central Asia. Authorities and religious leaders in Tajikistan...

Jordanian protests: Revisiting the Arab Spring and setting a benchmark

James M Dorsey | Protests that forced Jordan’s prime minister to resign and laid bare the country’s systemic economic and political crisis shed a new...

2018 World Cup potentially set to become latest Middle Eastern battlefield

James M Dorsey | A possible Saudi-Iranian clash on the soccer pitch promises to be a highlight of this month’s World Cup in Russia. It...

Mahathir’s policies could reshape Malaysia’s relations with Gulf States

James M Dorsey | Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammed Mahathir is adopting policies that could reshape the Southeast nation’s relations with powerful Gulf States....

The battle for the Iranian nuclear deal: China approaches a watershed

James M. Dorsey | Conventional wisdom has it that China stands to benefit from the US withdrawal from the 2015 international nuclear agreement with Iran,...

Middle Eastern rivalry spills onto Asian soccer pitches

James M. Dorsey Saudi Arabia’s bitter rivalry with Iran has spilled onto Asian soccer pitches with the newly created South West Asian Football Federation (SWAFF)reflecting the...

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