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Walker Institute

James Borton

James Borton Adjunct Professor Center For Asian Studies


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James W. Borton is a non resident fellow at the Saigon Center for International Studies (SCIS) at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City.  He’s a former foreign correspondent for The Washington Times, completing interviews with numerous foreign leaders and writes extensively on environmental and policy issues related to the Mekong River and South China Sea.


Borton's seminal book Venture Japan: How Growing Companies Worldwide Can Tap into the Japanese Venture Capital Markets, was published by Probus. He’s most recently edited The South China Sea: Challenges and Promises. He’s the former editor of New Asia Review (Greenwood Press) and has been engaged in SE Asia reporting for over 20 years.


Borton holds both a B.A and a M.A  with honors in English and American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and has been a former National Endowment Fellow at Yale University. He has also been an active member of the President's Circle of The Asia Society in New York City and the Foreign Correspondents Club in Hong Kong and Phnom Penh. He is a National Fellow in The Explorers Club, an American-based international mutidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research.

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