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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.

Shaping the new world order: The battle for human rights –...

Dr. James M. Dorsey | China is leading the charge in a bid to undermine accepted concepts of human rights accountability and justice. The Chinese...

Inside the Beltway: Iran hardliners vs Iran hardliners – James M....

James M. Dorsey | Alarm bells went off last September in Washington's corridors of power when John Bolton’s national security council asked the Pentagon for...

Syria’s Kurds: The new front line in confronting Iran and Turkey...

Dr. James M Dorsey | US President Donald J. Trump’s threat to devastate Turkey’s economy if Turkish troops attack Syrian Kurds allied with the United...

Managing minefields: Saudi/UAE aid puts Pakistan-Iran relations on the spot

James M Dorsey | Pakistan is traversing minefields as it concludes agreements on investment, balance of payments support and delayed payment oil deliveries with Saudi...

The rise of Eurasia: Geopolitical advantages and historic pitfalls

James M Dorsey | Asian players are proving to be conceptually and bureaucratically better positioned in the 21st century’s Great Game that involves tectonic geopolitical...

Indian Muslims: A rich hunting ground for Middle Eastern rivals –...

James M. Dorsey | When President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently declared that Turkey was “the only country that can lead the Muslim world,” he probably...

Saudi Arabia and the West’s right wing: A dubious alliance –...

James M. Dorsey | Traditionally focussed on ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim Islam, Saudi funding in the era of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has been streamlined...

Efforts to return Syria’s Assad to Arab fold amount to hollow...

James M. Dorsey | Two developments, the pending return of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to the Arab fold and protests in Sudan, Jordan, and Tunisia,...

US troop withdrawals threaten to fuel greater, potentially problematic Gulf assertiveness...

James M. Dorsey | As far as Gulf leaders are concerned, President Donald J. Trump demonstrated with his announced US troop withdrawals from Syria and...

Stepped up US military posture in the Gulf threatens Indian hopes...

James M. Dorsey | The arrival of the USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier group in the Gulf to deter Iran from further testing ballistic...

Gulf rivalries spill onto the soccer pitch

James M Dorsey | With the 2018 World Cup in Russia behind it, the soccer world’s focus shifts to the 2022 tournament in Qatar. Politics...

US Senate resolution potentially changes Middle East dynamics – James M....

James M. Dorsey | A draft US Senate resolution effectively portraying Saudi policy as detrimental to US interests and values and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the...

Saudi Initiative to bury Khashoggi & restrict Qatar – James Dorsey

James M Dorsey | As Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman tours friendly Arab nations in advance of the Group of 20 (G-20) industrialized nations’...

Nuclear energy; Saudi Arabia’s coming Washington battle – James M. Dorsey

James M. Dorsey | When Saudi General Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz went shopping in the late 1980s for Chinese medium-range missiles capable of...

Xinjiang: Where its a crime to practice Islam

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 Khashoggi crisis: (Re)Shaping US politics and relations with Saudi Arabia

James M Dorsey | The killers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have gotten more than they bargained for. The killing has sparked multiple battles...

Saudi sports diplomacy: An effort to bury Khashoggi’s killing

James M. Dorsey | Saudi sports diplomacy is proving to be a mirror image of the kingdom’s challenged domestic, regional and foreign policies. Overloaded by...

“Saudi Arabia expecting a more hostile US after the mid term...

­ James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia is bracing itself for a potentially more strained relationship with the United States in the wake of Democrats...

New World Order: National Interest supersedes all ethnic & religious identity?...

James M Dorsey | A global rise of nationalist and populist tendencies has not only given anti-migrant, Islamophobic, anti-Semitic and racist tendencies a new lease...

The Khashoggi crisis: Putting Humpty Dumpty back together – James M....

James M. Dorsey | The killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and potential Western sanctions against Saudi Arabia have sparked renewed debate about the value of the...

Saudi Arabia and Iran: When it comes to exiles, the pot...

James M Dorsey | If Saudi Arabia is under pressure to give chapter and verse on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate...

Will Conflict with Iran help bail MBS out of his troubles?...

James M Dorsey | Embattled Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could prove to be not only a cat with nine lives but also one...

A gruesome murder bares world powers’ flawed policies

James M Dorsey | Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s gruesome murder raises fundamental questions that go far beyond Middle Eastern geopolitics. They go to the risks...

Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than...

James M. Dorsey | Growing Western political and corporate reluctance to be associated with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the suspected killing of journalist...

MBS: Riding roughshod or playing a risky game of bluff poker?...

James M. Dorsey | A stalemate in efforts to determine what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is threatening to escalate into a crisis that...

Kazakh court case tests Chinese power-James M Dorsey

James M. Dorsey | A Kazakh court is set to put to the test China’s ability to impose its will and strong-arm Muslim nations into remaining silent...

Jamal Khashoggi changes the Middle East at potentially horrible cost –...

James M. Dorsey | The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials,...

Remodelling the Belt and Road: Pakistan picks up the torch

James M Dorsey | A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn and Tumblr. Pakistan, following in the footsteps of Malaysia...

Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China – James M. Dorsey

James M. Dorsey | Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fueled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a...

Religious harmony in a time of fear-James M Dorsey

James M Dorsey | This is a tough time for men and women of the cloth, at least those whose message is one of peace,...

The state of journalists in today’s Middle East-James M Dorsey

James M Dorsey | Saudi Arabia and Turkey, despite being on opposite sides of Middle Eastern divides, are cooperating in Syria to enable youth and...

Rifts between “Middle East Allies” rising – James M. Dorsey

James M. Dorsey | A podcast version of this story is available on Soundcloud, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Tumblr. Three recent developments lay bare the fragility...

Global watchdog takes Saudi Arabia to task for lax anti-terrorism finance...

James M Dorsey | A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report criticizing Saudi Arabia’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance measures puts the kingdom on the...

Battling it out at the UN: Potholes overshadow US-Iran confrontation –...

James M. Dorsey | It’s easy to dismiss Iranian denunciations of the United States and its Middle Eastern allies as part of the Islamic republic's...

Middle Eastern black swans dot China’s Belt and Road – James...

James M. Dorsey | If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the...

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...

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