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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Protest in Iran: The Murky Geopolitics of Soccer

  • Spreading the Gospel: Asian Leaders Wary of Saudi Religious Diplomacy

  • Pakistani Military Engagement: Walking a Fine Line Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

  • Walking a Tightrope: China Maneuverers Between Saudi Arabia and Iran

  • Sunni Ultra-Conservatism and Western Populism: Two Sides of the Same Coin

  • Asian Ports: Pitfalls of China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

  • Whither the Muslim World’s NATO?

  • Bowing to Pressure: Iran Grants Women Access to Sporting Event

  • Women’s Gyms Lay Bare Limits of Saudi Reforms

  • Going into Politics: Detained Pakistani Militant Tests the System

  • Trump Pressured to Confront Pakistan on Support for Militants

  • China’s Protection of Pakistani Militants

  • Tackling Iran: Trump Fuels the Fire

  • The Muslim World: Liberals Pay the Price for Trump and Saudi-Supported Illiberalism

  • Pakistani Crackdown: One Hand Works to Neutralize the Other

  • Trump’s Presidency Bolsters Autocrats as Egypt Designates Soccer Icon a Terrorist

  • Creating Frankenstein: Saudi Arabia’s Ultra-Conservative Footprint in Africa

  • 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