James M. Dorsey

James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, co-director of the Institute of Fan Culture of the University of Würzburg and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, and a forthcoming book with the same title.

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Qatari Backtracking on Labour Rights and Cooperation with Russia Reflects New World Order

  • Islamic State Violence Fuels Culture Wars and Widens Generation Gaps

  • Think that 2016 was a Tough Year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

  • Towards a New World Order in Eurasia? The Role of Russia and China

  • Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future

  • Istanbul Bombings: Soccer in the Bull’s Eye

  • Trade Unions Challenge FIFA and Qatar World Cup in Swiss Court

  • Qatari and FIFA Pledges on Worker Rights Have Little Impact on Construction Companies

  • What to Improve in the Arab World?

  • Soccer Privatization: A Template for Saudi Reform

  • Human Rights Watch and FIFA Test Middle East Fallout of Trump’s Election

  • Qatari Soft Power Efforts: Two Steps Forward, One Step Backwards

  • Qatar Calls into Question its Sincerity in Pushing World Cup-Driven Reform

  • Reformist Saudi Prince Bounces Up Against Flawed Education System and Ingrained Social Mores

  • Palestine Considers Suing Israel in International Sports Court

  • Taking on Militants: A Fight for the Soul of Pakistan

  • Under Pressure, Egyptian President Promises Change

  • Pushing the Envelope: The World Cup and Arab Revolts Drive Change

  • Threat of Widespread Protests Justifies Continued Closure of Egyptian Stadia

  • Blasphemy Case Highlights Devastating Impact of Saudi Ultra-Conservatism on Pakistani Society

  • A Study in Soft Power Strategy: Iceland 1, Qatar -1

  • Saudi and Iranian Islamic Scholars Agree: Soccer Poses a Threat

  • Fighting for the Soul of Islam: A Battle of the Paymasters

  • Israeli-Palestinian Struggle Returns to the Soccer Pitch

  • Struggling for Women’s Rights: International Sports Associations Duck the Gun

  • Egypt Hopes Soccer will help Polish its Tarnished Image

  • Turkey’s Purges Worsen Ankara’s Democracy Deficit

  • Gulf Autocrats and Sports Corruption: A Marriage Made in Heaven

  • With Mosques Under Surveillance, IS Turns to Soccer for Recruitment

  • Soccer Investments’ Reputational Risk Catches Up with the UAE

  • Political Violence and Sectarianism in Pakistan

  • Is Saudi Arabia Zion?

  • Saudi Arabia Projects Change, Albeit at a Snail’s Pace

  • Erdogan vs. Gülen: Power Struggle Comes Full Circle in Turkish Soccer

  • Turkey’s Anti-Gülen Campaign: Strengthening Militants and Jihadists

  • Who is Fethullah Gülen? A Modernizer or a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?

  • Port Said Emerges as Egypt’s Focal Point of Soccer-Driven Protest

  • Sports: A Barometer of Saudi Reform

  • Jihad v. Soccer: The Islamic State’s Convoluted Love-Hate Relationship

  • U.S. Pressures Qatar to Move on Labour Reform