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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.

CPEC: Is the sovereignty of Pakistan being compromised?

James M. Dorsey | A leaked long-term plan for China’s massive $56 billion investment in Pakistan, projects the goals of the Beijing’s One Belt, One Road initiative...

Israel lobby pressurizes FIFA: Decision pending on Palestinian demands?

James M. Dorsey | When Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association, took the stand on May 11 at the 67th Congress of...

The Middle-Eastern conflict: Threatening for Pakistan and China’s OBOR

James M. Dorsey | Increasingly caught up in the Middle East’s multiple conflicts, Pakistan is struggling to balance relations with rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran...

Rising Iranian-Pakistani tensions: Is Pakistan’s “house of cards” going to collapse?

James M. Dorsey | An Iranian warning that it may attack militant bases in the troubled province of Balochistan threatens to bring Pakistan’s house of cards...

Israel-Palestine soccer battle puts FIFA in a pickle

James M. Dorsey | The perennial dispute between Israel and Palestine has put world soccer body FIFA in a bind. With FIFA groping on how...

Blasphemy & Terrorism: Tools to repress Opponents?

James M. Dorsey | Blasphemy has joined terrorism as a catchall phrase to intimidate, incarcerate and kill critics and political opponents as well as stifle...

Pope Francis’ visit to Egypt: an attempt to resolve differences between...

James M. Dorsey | Billed as a bid to stimulate inter-faith dialogue, Pope Francis, on a visit to Egypt, is tiptoeing through a religious and...

Saudi ultra-conservatives take anti-reform stand on women’s sports

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia’s, ultra conservative, Shura or Advisory Council, in a sign that the kingdom is polarized over Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s...

Trump and China both taking actions that risk sparking dangerous Middle...

By James M. Dorsey | Forced to acknowledge that Iran is complying with the nuclear agreement it concluded two years ago with the world’s major...

Battle of Jewish settlements being fought on football ground..!

James M. Dorsey | Next month’s annual congress of world soccer body, FIFA, is likely to become the first international forum since US President Donald...

Saudi Arabia inches towards modernity with Prince Mohammed’s Initiatives

James M. Dorsey | Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s powerful deputy crown prince, is moving the country forward and to do so has put sports,...

With Syrian attacks Trump launches his Queen on the chessboard

James M. Dorsey | One thing this week’s US air strikes in Syria highlight is the fact that the sands are continuously shifting as regional...

Saudi Arabia & Iran: A potential nuclear race in the making?

James M. Dorsey | Saudi Arabia is developing nuclear energy and potentially a nuclear weapons capability. The Saudi focus on nuclear energy serves several of...

Pakistan Grapples with the Middle Eastern Fault-Lines as Gen. Raheel Takes...

James M. Dorsey | With no troops to command and a Riyadh-based skeleton staff, General Raheel Sharif, Pakistan’s recently retired top commander, appeared to slide...

How President Erdogan is using Football to consolidate political power

James M. Dorsey | Turkish football executives campaigned this month for major constitutional change that would grant President Recep Tayyip Erdogan far-reaching executive powers. The...

US and Russian War Against ISIS in Middle East Threatens Turkish...

James M. Dorsey | US President Donald J. Trump’s vow to defeat what he terms radical Islamic terrorism forces the United States to maneuver the...

Protests on Soccer Fields: Another Regional Game to Weaken Iran?

Dr. James Dorsey | Thousands of Iranian Arabs last week attended an AFC Champions League soccer match between Esteghlal Ahvaz FC and Qatar’s Lekhwiya SC...

Military bases in Maldives for Saudi Arabia & China?

James M. Dorsey | Saudi King Salman’s stop in the Maldives on his month-long tour of Asia brings into focus how this tiny archipelago – best...

Pakistan Army engagement in Middle East: Walking a fine line between...

James M. Dorsey | Pakistan is emerging as an important military player in the Gulf as its struggles to balance complex relations with regional rivals...

Prospects of China’s mediation with Saudi Arabia and Iran; Where Pakistan...

James M. Dorsey | This week’s sanctioning of one of China’s largest telecom equipment manufacturers, ZTE, by the US Commerce Department, and an investigation of Huawei,  ZTE’s...

Can Raheel Sharif help to improve tense relations between Saudis and...

James M. Dorsey | Controversy and uncertainty over the possible appointment of a Pakistani general as commander of a 40-nation, Saudi-led, anti-Iranian military alliance dubbed...

Iran allows women spectators to watch “Men Sporting events”

Dr. James Dorsey Iran, bowing to external pressure, has allowed women spectators to attend a premier international men’s volleyball tournament on the island of Kish....

The Muslim world: Liberals pay the price of Trump & Saudis

Donald Trump’s fueling of Islamophobia with his newly imposed travel ban as well as his war on the mainstream media feed an increasing trend...

Hafiz Saeed’s captivity: Has Pakistan’s Establishment finally realized its mistakes?

James M. Dorsey| Pakistan has put one of the world’s most wanted man under house arrest in a half-hearted crackdown on its militant group with...

By targeting Iran Trump stokes sectarian fires across the Middle East

James M. Dorsey| By singling out Iran rather than tackling root causes, the Trump administration risks fuelling sectarianism across the Muslim world and exacerbating multiple...

Is Trump condoning General Sissi’s terror on Egyptians?

James M. Dorsey | An Egyptian government decision to designate soccer icon Mohammed Aboutreika as a terrorist coupled with the recent arrest of more than...

Qatar backtracks on labor rights: Rise of illiberal world order?

James M. Dorsey | A recent Qatari decision has led to it backtracking on the minimal improvements the country was making in terms of employment...

Islamic State violence fuels culture wars and widens generation gaps in...

James M. Dorsey | The Islamic State’s New Year’s Eve bombing of an upscale nightclub in Istanbul has fuelled culture wars in Turkey and Israel and...

Difficult 2016 for Saudi Arabia? Worse to come in 2017

By James M. Dorsey 2016 was not a good year for Saudi Arabia. Sharply lower oil prices sparked a domestic financial crisis that is forcing...

Are Russia and China Creating a New World Order in Eurasia?

James M Dorsey| A new Russian-led, China-backed Eurasia-centred world order may be in the making. This is against the backdrop of alleged Russian cyber warfare...

A Vision of Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future

By James M. Dorsey President-elect Donald J. Trump’s, clearest indication yet of his policy approach towards the Middle East and North Africa, was tucked into...

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