James M. Dorsey

James M. Dorsey

Adjunct Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU

Dr James M. Dorsey is an award-winning journalist and scholar, an adjunct senior fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, and the author of the syndicated column and podcast, The Turbulent World with James M. Dorsey.


Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud and US President Joe Biden shake hands next to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the day of the G20 summit in New Delhi, India, 9 September 2023. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool/Reuters)

A Middle East commitment to IMEC would counter China’s regional influence

If given security guarantees from the US, it is hard to see how the Gulf states could not help implement IMEC, says RSIS academic James Dorsey. This may not disrupt their economic and trade ties with China in the short term, but they may be wary of constraints to strategic cooperation.
Fighters of Wagner private mercenary group are seen atop a tank while being deployed near the headquarters of the Southern Military District in the city of Rostov-on-Don, Russia, 24 June 2023. (Stringer/File Photo/Reuters)

China struggles to comprehend Wagner mutiny in Russia

Even as unanswered questions remain about the revolt led by the Wagner Group’s Yevgeny Prigozhin, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s foreign friends such as China may be worried about Putin’s status and the unclear future of Wagner Group, particularly in the Middle East and Africa, where Chinese businesses and private military companies also operate.