James M Dorsey

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About the Author : James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East

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Soccer and autocracy: Who do national football teams represent?

06 Nov 2013
by James M Dorsey
Little better illustrates the inextricable link between sports and politics than the frequent perception of Middle Eastern and North African nati... [More]

Critics of Qatari policies target its commercial interests

28 Oct 2013
by James M Dorsey
Opponents of Qatar’s foreign, sports and labor policies are striking at the Gulf state’s commercial interests in a bid to either forc... [More]

Egyptian stage set for confrontations with ultras

24 Oct 2013
by James M Dorsey
Militant, street battle-hardened soccer fans played a key role in toppling Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and resisting the military rulers who... [More]

Middle East's Sunni-Shiite divide spills on to the soccer pitch

19 Oct 2013
by James M Dorsey
Sectarian divisions fuelling conflict across the Middle East have spilt on to the soccer pitch with Iraq’s decision to boycott the Gulf Cup... [More]

Turkish soccer’s financial crisis sharpens political divide

19 Oct 2013
by James M Dorsey
Financially stressed Turkish soccer clubs are becoming pawns in the political struggle between Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and militant s... [More]

Egyptian ultras’ fight for existence is battle for public space

12 Oct 2013
by James M Dorsey
Militant Egyptian soccer fans, a key player in Egypt’s almost three year-old political rollercoaster, are fighting a battle for their exist... [More]

Qatar: Perfecting the art of scoring own goals

12 Oct 2013
by James M Dorsey
State-owned Qatari television network Al Jazeera prides itself on hard hitting, let-the chips-fall-where-they fall reporting. Yet, it has systema... [More]

Turkish and Egyptian ultras fight for their existence

03 Oct 2013
by James M Dorsey
Much like the Muslim Brotherhood, militant soccer fans in Egypt and Turkey are fighting for their existence. Turkish police raided the homes of a... [More]

Harsh Qatari labor conditions move center stage

03 Oct 2013
by James M Dorsey
Controversy over conditions for unskilled and semi-skilled workers in Qatar involved in the construction of World Cup-related infrastructure as w... [More]

Turkish soccer pitches re-emerge as political battlefields

28 Sep 2013
by James M Dorsey
Turkish soccer pitches have reasserted themselves as political battlefields following the death of a protester and the emergence of pro-governmen... [More]

Decision to change date of Qatari World Cup risks political row

24 Sep 2013
by James M Dorsey
A pending decision in early October by world soccer body FIFA on whether to move the Qatar 2022 World Cup from summer to winter threatens to open... [More]

Middle Eastern investors target lower tier European clubs

18 Sep 2013
by James M Dorsey
Middle Eastern investors have adopted a new strategy of buying low and selling high with a series of acquisitions of second and third tier Europe... [More]

Saudi Arabia mulls granting women access to stadia

07 Sep 2013
by James M Dorsey
Saudi Arabia’s secretive ruling family is mulling allowing women to attend soccer matches. No Saudi official has suggested that the controv... [More]

Qatar 2022 – A mixed blessing

31 Aug 2013
by James M Dorsey
Winning the 2022 World Cup hosting rights has proven to be a mixed blessing for Qatar. The wealthy Gulf emirate, more than two years after world ... [More]

Turkey moves to prevent protests in stadiums and on campus

27 Aug 2013
by James M Dorsey
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has announced a series of measures to prevent soccer stadiums and university campu... [More]

Pressure for labor reform in Qatar increases

24 Aug 2013
by James M Dorsey
Activists have stepped up calls for a boycott of the 2022 World Cup if Qatar fails to bring conditions for its majority foreign work force in lin... [More]

Soccer Militants Put Their Mark on Egyptian Protests

18 Aug 2013
by James M Dorsey
A soccer brawl last year in which more than 70 militant soccer fans died galvanized significant numbers of Egyptians against the military and sec... [More]

A Decade of Dissent and Defiance: A Wake-up Call For Sports

14 Aug 2013
by James M Dorsey
The wave of popular defiance and demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa parallels twidespread protest acrosss the globe from Lati... [More]

UAE exploits soccer to counter charges of human rights abuse

11 Aug 2013
by James M Dorsey
The recent sentencing in the United Arab Emirates of scores of dissidents on charges of plotting to overthrow the government and UAE support for ... [More]

Turkish government bans political slogans during soccer matches

07 Aug 2013
by James M Dorsey
Turkish interior minister Muammer Güler has banned the chanting of political slogans during the country’s next soccer season in a bid ... [More]