James Dorsey

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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’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...

Saudi women attend first public event with their families

James M Dorsey | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be putting his best foot forward when enthusiastic women soccer fans this week attend...

Pakistani politics risks heightening regional tensions?

James M Dorsey | Self-serving Pakistani politics threaten to aggravate the country’s myriad problems that have strained its relations with the United States and could...

Iran and Saudi Arabia revisit their strategies

James M Dorsey | Expressions of support by US President Donald J. Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu have provided the grist for Iranian...

Middle East mess expands to East Africa

James M Dorsey | The six-month-old Gulf crisis has expanded to the Horn Africa, potentially fuelling simmering regional conflicts. Renewed fears of heightened tension in the...

Protests in Iran posing threats to Saudi and US policymakers

James M. Dorsey | If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s chequered foreign policy track record is anything to go by, Iran could tempt him...

Could the US be responsible for anti-government protests in Iran?

James M Dorsey | In supporting recent anti-government protests in Iran, both Iranian hardliners and the US State Department may want to be careful what...

Saudi Arabia uses international chess tournament to polish tarnished image

James M Dorsey | Saudi Arabia’s hosting of an international chess tournament focuses attention on the fundamental problem wreaking havoc in international sports governance and shines a...

Why Prince Al-Waleed is refusing to kow tow to Mohammad bin...

James M Dorsey | Incarcerated for almost two months in a gilded cage in Riyadh’s luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal appears...

What does the killing of the ex-Yemeni president mean for the...

James M Dorsey | Based on remarks at a 19 December 2017 NUS Middle East Institute seminar The Middle East being the Middle East, everything is...

Turbulence in the Heart of Islam

James M Dorsey | Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has won the first round of what could prove to be an unprecedented power grab...

Trump’s decision causes turmoil in the Gulf

James M Dorsey | US president Donald J. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem potentially sets the stage for a controversial American effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian...

US helping Saudis enrich uranium displays the strength of their alliance

James M. Dorsey | Talks aimed at transferring US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia serve as an indicator of where the Saudi-Iranian rivalry is heading...

Enraged Arab youth protest their governments’ soft US stance

James M. Dorsey | A little noticed subtext to furious protests across the Middle East and North Africa against US President Donald J. Trump’s recognition...

Is Middle East witnessing an end of civil wars and sectarian...

James M. Dorsey | Optimists see hopeful signs that the Middle East may be exiting from a dark tunnel of violence, civil war, sectarian strife, and...

China uses Belt and Road investment to shape Pakistan’s political climate

James M Dorsey | A Chinese decision to redevelop criteria for the funding of infrastructure projects that are part of the $50 billion plus China Pakistan Economic...

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