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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Lebanese sports scandals fuel tensions

04 Aug 2013
by James M Dorsey
As Lebanon, a country in which almost every facet of life is defined by sectarian fault lines, teeters in the shadow of civil war in next door Sy... [More]

Football: a sporting barometer of European integration policies

28 Jul 2013
by James M Dorsey
  James M Dorsey reports on the successes that football teams have had in helping immigrant communities to integrate with wider society... [More]

Gulf rivalries spill on to the soccer pitch

28 Jul 2013
by James M Dorsey
  The battle between Iran and various Gulf state for the identity of the energy-rich region has spilled onto its soccer pitches. It’s ... [More]

Tactical retreat:Ultras absent from protests in Egypt and Turkey

22 Jul 2013
by James M Dorsey
  Militant, highly politicized soccer fans who played key roles in the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, opposition to post-Muba... [More]

FIFA reaffirms its role as pillar of established order

22 Jul 2013
by James M Dorsey
  A recent visit by world soccer body FIFA president Sepp Blatter to the Middle East spotlighted the group’s role as a pillar of the e... [More]

Planned mass protests in Egypt echo Cairo’s Tahrir Square revolt

05 Jul 2013
by James M Dorsey
Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and militant, street battle-hardened soccer fans, in a replay of the run-up to mass protests two years ago that... [More]

Transition in Qatar: Will he or won’t he?

05 Jul 2013
by James M Dorsey
  Conventional wisdom predicts that 33-year old Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will adhere to his father’s use of sports as a key for... [More]

Egyptian soccer matches foreshadow mass anti-government protest

24 Jun 2013
by James M Dorsey
Controversial soccer matches this weekend constitute a potential walk-up to a watershed mass anti-government demonstration on June 30 that has Eg... [More]

Egypt’s Morsi turns to Syria and soccer to polish image

20 Jun 2013
by James M Dorsey
  Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and his flailing Muslim Brotherhood have turned to foreign policy and soccer to improve their battered i... [More]

Soccer threaten to spark protests as Iran goes to the polls

12 Jun 2013
by James M Dorsey
With four days left in the run-up to Iran’ presidential election, Supreme Leader Sayed Ali Khamenei has more to worry about than ensuring t... [More]

Mega sports events: A double-edged sword

10 Jun 2013
by James M Dorsey
There is a lesson to be learnt from this year’s Formula One public relations disaster in Bahrain, trade union pressure on Qatar, controvers... [More]

Tahrir’s lesson for Taksim: Police unite battle-hardened fans

10 Jun 2013
by James M Dorsey
If there is one lesson Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan should have drawn from the popular revolts that toppled four Arab leaders and ... [More]

Taksim is not (yet) Tahrir

04 Jun 2013
by James M Dorsey
Almost a week of countrywide protests in Turkey have left an indelible mark on the country’s political landscape: broad discontent with the... [More]

UEFA decision on Gibraltar opens AFC prospects for Kurds

01 Jun 2013
by James M Dorsey
A decision by European soccer body UEFA to grant Gibraltar the right of membership potentially opens the door to Kurdistan to seek association wi... [More]

Saudi Arabia to allow women into stadiums

23 May 2013
by James M Dorsey
  Saudi Arabia, under domestic and international pressure to grant women sporting rights, is creating separate stadium sections so that fem... [More]

Algeria: Middle East’s next revolt if soccer is a barometer

23 May 2013
by James M Dorsey
  Algeria is competing to be the next Arab nation to witness a popular revolt. That is assuming soccer is a barometer of rising discontent ... [More]

Soccer emerges as focal point of dissent in Saudi Arabia

14 May 2013
by James M Dorsey
  Soccer, alongside minority Shiite Muslims and relatives of imprisoned government critics, is emerging as a focal point of dissent in Saud... [More]

FIFA anti-racism campaign has work cut out in the Middle East

10 May 2013
by James M Dorsey
By James M. Dorsey and Amir Khalinejad World soccer body FIFA’s newly established anti-racism committee has its work cut out for it in th... [More]

Asian soccer elects controversial Bahraini as president

07 May 2013
by James M Dorsey
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has elected a prominent Bahraini soccer executive to complete the term of ousted president Mohammed Bin Ha... [More]

New AFC president sets about reform as battle for change looms

07 May 2013
by James M Dorsey
A Singapore-based sports marketing company is at the center of a battle for the future of reform within world soccer days after the Asian Footbal... [More]