James Borton is a Faculty Associate at the Walker Institute, located at the University of South Carolina. He is also a Non-Resident Scholar at the Stimson Center in Washington D.C. -- where he is focused on environmental security issues in the South China Sea and the Lower Meking Delta -- and recently edited a new book, Islands and Rocks in the South China Sea: Post Hague Ruling.
Borton'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.
In addition, he served as Asia Pacific projects director for Foreign Affairs and produced sponsored country sections from China, Chile, Thailand (APEC), Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and other countries.
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 past editor of New Asia Review (Greenwood Press) and has been engaged in SE Asia reporting for over 20 years.
He’s the past group publisher for Investment Dealers’ Digest, responsible for IDD, M &A, M &A International, Directors & Boards and Venture Japan.
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 multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research.