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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.

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...

Shifting energy import patterns enhance China’s clout in the Middle East

James M. Dorsey | Subtle shifts in Chinese energy imports suggest that China may be able to exert influence in the Middle East in alternative...

Astronomy: The outer frontier of MbS’ liberalization

James M Dorsey | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s investment of $1 billion and option to pump a further $480 million into Richard Branson’s...

The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Politics of Middle...

James M. Dorsey | The virtually continuous role of soccer as a key player in the history and development of the Middle East and North...

Remembering Syria: Iran struggles with potentially explosive environmental crisis

James M Dorsey | Iranian leaders are struggling, three months after anti-government protests swept the Islamic republic, to ensure that environmental issues that helped sparked...

Mohammed bin Salman dazzles international media by lifting restrictions on women

James M Dorsey | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has dazzled international media and public opinion by lifting some restrictions on women’s rights, holding...

China’s strategy to deal with Uighur fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq

James M Dorsey | China is moving on multiple fronts to pre-empt in the short-term Uighur foreign fighters fleeing Syria and Iraq from reasserting themselves...

Egyptian ultras: Down but not out

James M. Dorsey | Egyptian general-turned-president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi won a second term virtually unchallenged in what is widely seen as a flawed election. The run-up...

Gulf crisis shows separation of sports and politics unlikely

James M Dorsey | The Gulf crisis that has pitted World Cup host Qatar against a United Arab Emirates-Saudi Arabia-led alliance for the past eight...

Saudi Crown Prince’s limitations on putting the genie back in the...

James M Dorsey | Valentine’s Day in Riyadh and Islamabad as well as parts of Indonesia and Malaysia puts into sharp relief Saudi Arabia’s ability...

China’s step into the maelstrom of the Middle East

James M Dorsey | China’s abandonment of non-interference is manifested by its (largely ineffective) efforts to mediate conflicts in South Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan as...

Saudi Arabia and Iran battle it out in Azerbaijan

James M Dorsey | It’s the pot calling the kettle black. As Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of seeking to encircle it with its support for...

Saudi Arabia surrenders great mosque in Brussels

James M Dorsey | Saudi Arabia, in an indication that it is serious about shaving off the sharp edges of its Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism, has...

Chinese demands to Malaysia highlight China’s growing challenges!

James M. Dorsey |  A Chinese demand for the extradition of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia puts the spotlight on China’s roll-out of one of the...

What role is India playing in the crisis in the Maldives?

James M. Dorsey | The outcome of a power struggle in the Maldives that has sparked declaration of an emergency, military control of parliament, and...

Asia’s dark underbelly: Conflicts threaten long-term stability and development

James M. Dorsey | A host of conflicts, stretching across the Asian landmass from the Middle East to Southeast Asia and northwest China, are likely...

How to tackle radical madrassas in Pakistan

James M Dorsey | This is an edited version of remarks by James M. Dorsey at the launch in Islamabad on 30 January 2018 of...

Saudi government to tighten fundraising laws to promote moderate Islam

James M Dorsey | A Saudi draft law could constitute a first indication that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s vow to return the kingdom to...

Gulf crisis continues to fuel the fire in Syria and Iran

James M Dorsey | Turkish allegations of Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian support for the outlawed Kurdish Workers Party (PKK) threaten to turn Turkey’s military offensive...

Iran: Protests and threat of renewed sanctions lead to revolutionary guard...

James M Dorsey | Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appears in the wake of recent anti-government protests to have put his weight behind President...

Is the Saudi Crown Prince still encouraging moderate Islam?

James M Dorsey | Recent Algerian media reports detailing Saudi propagation of a quietist, apolitical yet supremacist and anti-pluralistic form of Sunni Muslim ultra-conservatism raises...

Is Gulf crisis turning Qatar into the region’s Israel?

James M Dorsey | Prominent US constitutional lawyer and scholar Alan M. Dershowitz raised eyebrows when he described Qatar as “the Israel of the Gulf...

Dubai’s state-owned DP World looks to take over companies to push...

James M Dorsey | The $6.85 billion acquisition in 2006 of Peninsular & Oriental (P&O) Steam Navigation Company, a storied British shipping and logistics company,...

Is the Saudi Crown Prince really promoting moderate Islam?

James M. Dorsey | Plans to open a Salafi missionary centre in the Yemeni province of Al Mahrah on the border with Oman and Saudi Arabia raise...

Iran protests expose leadership flaws in Muslim world

James M Dorsey | If week-long anti-government protests in Iran exposed the Islamic republic’s deep-seated economic and political problems, they also laid bare Saudi Arabia’s...

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