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James M. Dorsey is a Senior Fellow focused on the Middle East and North Africa who publishes widely in peer-reviewed journals as well as non-academic publications. A veteran, award-winning foreign correspondent for four decades in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the United States for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and the Financial Times, James has met a multitude of the region’s leaders. As a journalist, James covered primarily ethnic and religious conflict, including some of recent history’s most dramatic events such as the 1973 Middle East war; the Lebanese civil war; the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the U.S.-backed insurgency that ultimately led to the withdrawal of Soviet troops; the Palestinian intifadas; the Iranian revolution, U.S. embassy hostage crisis and the Iran-Iraq war; the Iraqi invasion of Iraq and the toppling of Saddam Hussein; the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; the wars in Croatia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia; the armed struggles in the Western Sahara, Algeria, the Philippines, Kashmir, Eritrea, Tigre, the Ogaden, Chad, Niger, Chechnya, the Caucasus and Georgia; the Columbian drug cartels; the fall of Noriega in Panama; the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador; the Kurdish insurgency in south-eastern Turkey, post-revolution Iran and Saddam’s Iraq; and the war on terror. James writes a widely acclaimed blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, has published a book with the same title, and authors a syndicated column. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences, workshops and seminars and is consulted by governments, corporations and judicial authorities. James won the Dolf van den Broek prize in 2003 and was a two-time nominee for the Pulitzer Prize in 1980 and 1988 as well as was a finalist for the 2012 European Press Prize; the Kurt Schork Award and the Amnesty International Media Award in 2002 and the Index on Censorship Award in 2012. James also co-directs the Institute of Fan Culture of the University of Wuerzburg.
Areas of Expertise
- The politics of the Middle East and North Africa
- the wave of popular revolts and the ensuing violence shaking the region
- social movements
- Arab militaries
- and the nexus of sports, politics and society
- Co-Director, Institute of Fan Culture, Julius Maximillians University of Wuerzburg, 2012-present
- Visiting Scholar, Institute of Sport Science, Julius Maximillians University of Wuerzburg, 2013-present
- Member Steering Group Sports, Interdisciplinary Network, 2012
- Advisory board member, European Water Partnership, 2002-present
WP296 | China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom
18 March, 2016
WP295 | To Shoot or not to Shoot? Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern Militaries Respond Differently
18 December, 2015
WP292 | Soccer vs. Jihad: A Draw
22 May, 2015
WP290 | Constructing National Identity: The Muscular Jew vs the Palestinian Underdog
09 April, 2015
WP286 | Soccer: Moulding the Middle East and North Africa
12 February, 2015
WP262 | Wahhabism vs. Wahhabism: Qatar Challenges Saudi Arabia
06 September, 2013
WP230 | Street, Shrine, Square and Soccer Pitch: Comparative Protest Spaces in Asia and the Middle East
08 November, 2011
A Decade of Defiance and Dissent: A Wake-up Call for Sports
01 August, 2013
CO17117 | Gulf Crisis: Battle for Future of Mideast?
13 June, 2017
CO17114 | Gulf Crisis: Rewriting the Political Map?
08 June, 2017
CO17033 | Challenging the State: Pakistani Militants Form Deadly Alliance
21 February, 2017
CO16310 | Towards a New World Order in Eurasia? The Role of Russia and China
22 December, 2016
CO16304 | The Rise of Trump and Its Global Implications - Trump’s Middle East: Back to the Future
15 December, 2016
CO16268 | Fighting Militants in Pakistan: Who Is In Charge?
31 October, 2016
CO16241 | Fighting for the Soul of Islam: A Battle of the Paymasters
30 September, 2016
CO16220 | Turkey’s Travails: Purges Worsen Ankara’s Democracy Deficit
31 August, 2016
CO16204 | Political Violence and Sectarianism in Pakistan
12 August, 2016
CO16182 | Fethullah Gulen: Moderniser or Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?
19 July, 2016
CO16046 | Saudi Arabia’s Future: Will Al Saud’s Partnership with Wahhabism Hold?
26 February, 2016
CO16033 | Saudi Strategy in Syria: Rewriting Mideast’s Political Map?
12 February, 2016
CO16020 | China & the Middle East: Tilting Towards Iran?
28 January, 2016
CO16008 | The Middle East: China Venturing into the Maelstrom
19 January, 2016
CO15268 | Future of Islamic State: Not Merely Religion
08 December, 2015
CO15215 | Intervention in Syria: Russia Gambles Big Time
13 October, 2015
CO15205 | Fighting Islamic State: Getting Down To Root Causes
30 September, 2015
CO15197 | Saudi Arabia’s Reach in Yemen: Fighting for Regional Dominance
16 September, 2015
CO15195 | The Middle East: Revival of Popular Uprisings for Change
14 September, 2015
C015174 | Saudi Arabia and Iran: Volatile Political Geography of Oil and Minorities
18 August, 2015
CO15163 | Yemen Conflict and Arab Uprising: Regional Fissures and Repercussions
04 August, 2015
CO15153 | Anti-Chinese Protests in Turkey: Relations with China Under Test
15 July, 2015
CO15148 | Re-configuring the Middle East: IS and Changing Demographics
07 July, 2015
CO15145 | Countering political violence: Tackle the root causes
29 June, 2015
CO15141 | The Middle East and North Africa: Adapting to a New Paradigm
18 June, 2015
CO15140 | Druze Mount next flashpoint in Syrian conflict: Implications for Israel
15 June, 2015
CO15131 | Iran’s writing on the wall: Ethnic minorities and others assert themselves
04 June, 2015
CO15125 | Middle East and North Africa: Forcing China to Revisit Long-standing Policies
25 May, 2015
CO15117 | Thinking the Unthinkable: Coming to Grips with Islamic State
14 May, 2015
CO15101 | Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism
27 April, 2015
CO15074 | Gulf Alliances: Regional States Hedge Their Bets
31 March, 2015
CO15043 | Soccer Racism in Europe: Struggle with Transition
03 March, 2015
CO15010 | Deaths in Paris: Separating Fact from Fiction
12 January, 2015
CO15009 | Deaths in Paris: Refining the Post-9/11 Model
09 January, 2015
CO14248 | From Syria and Iraq to Iran: Kurdish Minorities Push For Autonomy
18 December, 2014
CO14226 | The African Cup and Ebola: Morocco’s Refusal Rooted in Fear and Prejudice?
17 November, 2014
CO14200 | Reshaping the Middle East: UAE Leads the Counter-revolution
14 October, 2014
CO14190 | War against Islamic State: Sowing seeds of more extremist groups
30 September, 2014
CO14188 | The rise of the Islamic State: Who is to blame?
23 September, 2014
CO14183 | China and the Middle East : Embarking on a Strategic Approach
16 September, 2014
CO14180 | Fighting the Islamic State: What about the day after?
11 September, 2014
CO14176 | Responding to the Islamic State’s Foreign Fighters: Retribution or Rehabilitation?
09 September, 2014
CO14173 | Islamic State: Ideological Challenge to Saudi Arabia
03 September, 2014
CO14168 | Behind the Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Hamas talk potential peace
22 August, 2014
CO14164 | Syria’s Fallout: Rise of Islamic State Jihadists
14 August, 2014
CO14159 | Lessons from Gaza for Israel’s Military: Unprepared for Unconventional Warfare
07 August, 2014
CO14156 | Gaza War: New Palestinian Resolve Changes Paradigm
05 August, 2014
CO14153 | Netanyahu’s Dilemma: From the War in Gaza to the War at Home
31 July, 2014
CO14151 | Battle of the Ceasefires: Israel, Hamas Struggle for Moral High Ground
29 July, 2014
CO14148 | Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator
25 July, 2014
CO14132 | Israel and Saudi Arabia: Forging Ties on Quicksand
08 July, 2014
CO14110 | Qatar & 2022 World Cup: Driving the Engine of Change
09 June, 2014
CO14009 | The Middle East and North Africa: Cauldron of Conflict
15 January, 2014
CO13225 | Gulf Security: A Risky New US-Saudi Blueprint
10 December, 2013
CO13217 | The Iran Nuclear Deal: Rewriting the Middle East Map
27 November, 2013
CO13195 | US Freezing of Military Aid to Egypt: How Much of a Dent?
16 October, 2013
CO13148 | US Tightrope Walk: Arab Autocrats Try to Redefine Terrorism
12 August, 2013
CO13144 | Egypt's Third Way: A Blend of Islamism and Militarism
01 August, 2013
CO13136 | The US Bogeyman in Post-coup Egypt
22 July, 2013
CO13130 | The Struggle for Egypt: Saudi Arabia's Regional Rol
16 July, 2013
CO13127 | Egypt on the Brink: The Military's Dilemma
11 July, 2013
CO13126 | Military Coup in Egypt: A Recipe for Failure
09 July, 2013
CO13116 | Qatar's Surprising Transfer of Power: How Will Tamim Rule?
26 June, 2013
CO13109 | Iran's New President: Averting a Popular Revolt
18 June, 2013
CO13100 | Syrian Civil War: Russia Forges Risky Ties with Islamists
27 May, 2013
CO13092 | Reform of Middle Eastern Militaries: Lessons from Indonesia
14 May, 2013
CO13067 | The Shia-Sunni divide: Tunnel vision prevails
17 April, 2013
CO13040 | Civil war in Syria: The Spillover Threat
06 March, 2013
CO13027 | Post-revolt Arab Transitions: Driven by Distrust and Inexperience
13 February, 2013
CO13017 | Qatar's Challenge to Saudi Arabia: An alternative view of Wahhabism
30 January, 2013
CO13011 | Middle East and North Africa: Another year of Upheaval
23 January, 2013
CO12202 | The issue of Arab Jews: Manipulating a Justified Cause
01 November, 2012
CO12200 | Revolt in the Middle East: Arab monarchies next?
24 October, 2012
CO12179 | Impact of Anti-US Protests: Healthy Change in the Muslim World
26 September, 2012
CO12161 | The Arab Revolts: Impact on Central Asia
27 August, 2012
CO12156 | The Arab Spring Revisited: From Mass Protests to Local Revolts
16 August, 2012
CO12150 | Conflict in Syria: The Regional Fall-out
13 August, 2012
CO12143 | Turkey and Syria: The Kurdish dilemma
06 August, 2012
CO12139 | The Syrian Crisis: Russian Policy Risks Wider Conflict
31 July, 2012
CO12136 | The Arab world in turmoil: Nasser's legacy reprise
26 July, 2012
CO12106 | Egypt: Heading for more turbulence
21 June, 2012
CO12101 | Syria: Saudi Arabia’s policy conundrum
18 June, 2012
CO12099 | A sleeping dragon awakes: Kurds Take Centre Stage in West Asia
12 June, 2012
CO12089 | Global Sporting Events: Battlegrounds for Human Rights
28 May, 2012
CO12057 | The struggle for Syria: Iran-Qatar Ties Come under Stress
02 April, 2012
CO12018 | Egypt One Year On: Stark Message for Arab Revolutionaries
25 January, 2012
CO12009 | Saudi Arabia embraces Salafism: Countering the Arab uprising?
11 January, 2012
CO11187 | Tahrir and Change Squares: Two Models of Subverted Revolts
22 December, 2011
CO11181 | Raising the stakes: Russian military support for Syria
09 December, 2011
CO11177 | Year of the Arab Uprising: Impact on Southeast Asia
30 November, 2011
CO11175 | Stepping up Sanctions: Arab and Turkish Pressures on Syria
24 November, 2011
CO11174 | Egypt’s Military Council: Between a rock and a hard place
21 November, 2011
CO11167 | Syrian Uprising: Arab League acts on Damascus
15 November, 2011
CO11160 | Mounting Israeli-Iranian Tension: Turkey in the Middle
08 November, 2011
CO11156 | Israel and Hamas: A new equation for Mid-East peace?
27 October, 2011
CO11145 | An Arab Development Bank: Institutionalising Change in Middle East
10 October, 2011
CO11138 | Arab Protesters and Social Media: Need for Engagement
03 October, 2011
CO11132 | UNSC vote on Palestine State: US Credibility at Stake
15 September, 2011
CO11129 | Is Iran Turning its Back on Syria?
06 September, 2011
CO11126 | Fall of Gaddafi: Policy challenge for China and Russia
05 September, 2011
CO11123 | US and the Middle East: PR fiasco looms for Obama
24 August, 2011
CO11122 | Libya at the Crossroads: A MidEast Model or Revolution gone Awry?
22 August, 2011
CO11118 | Syria’s Widening Protests: Assad increasingly Beleaguered
10 August, 2011
CO11111 | Role of Arab militaries in popular uprisings
02 August, 2011
CO11109 | Syrian Revolt: Protesters at a Crossroads
25 July, 2011
- Teresita Cruz-del Rosario and James M. Dorsey. Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa: Lost in Transition. Palgrave and Macmillan, U.S.: 2016.
- Dorsey, James M. The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer. Hurst and Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Dorsey, James M. De Octoberoorlog [on the 1973 Middle East war]. 1974.
- Dorsey, James M. "Introduction" in Les forces armées arabes et moyen-orientales (après les printemps arabes) edited by Jean-François Daguzan and Stéphane Valter, Paris: Edition ESKA 2014
- Dorsey, James M. "Rooted in History: Politics, Identity and Ultras in North African Soccer" in Identity and Nation in African Football: Fans, Community and Clubs, edited by Chuka Onwumechili and Gerard Akindes, New York: Palgrave Macmillan
- Dorsey, James M. “Soccer and autocracy: Who do national football teams represent? in Lost in Translation: Forgotten Approaches of the Arab Spring. Moshe Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University, 2014.
- Dorsey, James M. “Rooted in history: Politics, Identity and Ultras in North African Soccer.” in Identity and Nation in African Football: Fans, Community, and Clubs. Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
- Dorsey, James M. “Soccer and Political Protests in MENA Countries.” in IE Med Mediterranean Yearbook. May 2013.
- Dorsey, James M. The Middle East in Sport Governance, International Case Studies. Edited by Ian O’Boyle and Trish Bradbury. Routledge, 2013.
- Dorsey, James M. “Soccer: A Middle Eastern and North African Battlefield for Freedom and Dignity.” in It’s How the Game is Played, Perspectives on the Studies of Sports. Edited by Susan Dun, Mo’tasem Kalaji and Marion Stell. inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013.
- Dorsey, James M. “Middle East section of Spectrum Encyclopedia.” in Spectrum Encyclopedia. 1974.
- James M. Dorsey (2015). How Qatar is its own Worst Enemy, International Journal of History of Sport, Vol. 32:3, p. 422-239.
- Dorsey, James M. “Rooted in history: the politics of Middle Eastern and North African Soccer.” Journal of Levantine Studies (Fall 2014).
- Dorsey, James M. "The 2022 World Cup: A potential Monkey wrench for Change," The International Journal of the History of Sport Vol 31: 14 (2014)
- Dorsey, James M. “The 2022 World Cup: A potential Monkey Wrench for Change.” International Journal of the History of Sport (July 2014).
- Dorsey, James M. “Turkish and Egyptian fans fight political battles.” ICSS Journal (July 2014).
- Dorsey, James M. “Soccer vs. Autocracy.” IEMed (April 2014).
- Dorsey, James M. "Turkish and Egyptian fans fight political battles," ICSS Journal Vol 2:2 (2014)
- Dorsey, James M. “The 2014 World Cup Champion will be…” Global Brief (March 2014).
- Dorsey, James M. “Wahabism vs. Wahabism: Qatar’s Challenge to Saudi Arabia.” MEI Reflections (2014).
- Dorsey, James M. "Pitching in: fans struggle for control of public space," ICSS Journal Vol 1:4 (2014)
- Dorsey, James M. “Street, Shrine, Square and Soccer Pitch, Comparative Protest Spaces in Asia and the Middle East.” ASPJ - Africa & Francophonie (4th Quarter 2013).
- Dorsey, James M. “What Role for World Cup in Arab Spring.” Global Brief (November 2013).
- Dorsey, James M. “Are private military contractors the way to go?” Forum on EthnoGeoPolitics Vol. 1:2 (Autumn 2013).
- Dorsey, James M. “Football: a sporting barometer of European integration policies.” ICSS Journal Vol. 1:2 (2013).
- Dorsey, James M. “Reputational risks for global sports bodies.” ICSS Journal Vol. 1:3 (2013).
- Dorsey, James M. “Egyptian football becomes a test of political fortune.” ICSS Journal Vol. 1:1 (2013).
- Dorsey, James M. and Leonard Sebastian. “The Politics of Soccer in Indonesia and Turkey.” Soccer and Society Vol. 14, Issue 5 (2013).
- Dorsey, James M., and Leonard C. Sebastian, “The Politics of Indonesian and Turkish Soccer: a Comparative Analysis,” Soccer and Society, Vol. 14, Issue 5, 2013
- Dorsey, James M. “Shaky monarchies, strategic pressures, and threats to energy and shipping.” Global Brief (March 2013).
- Dorsey, James M. “Facing One's Demons: The Egyptian Military and the Brotherhood at a Crossroads.” Middle East insight No. 98 (2013).
- Dorsey, James M. “Pitched Battles: The Role Of Ultra Soccer Fans in The Arab Spring – Analysis.” Mobilization Tier 1 (December 2012).
- Dorsey, James M. “A Region in Turmoil: Threats to Gulf Energy and Shipping.” MEI insight (November 2012).
- Dorsey, James M. “Middle Eastern Responses to Anti-US Protests: Signs of Healthy Change?” Tel Aviv Notes (October 2012).
- Dorsey, James M. “Soccer – A Middle East and North Africa Battlefield.” USAK Yearbook of Political and International Relations, International Strategic Research Organization Vol. 5 (2012).
- Dorsey, James M. “Turkey: Caught between a rock and a hard place.” Turkish Review Vol. 2 (March/April 2012).
- Dorsey, James M. “Ultra Violence: How Egypt’s soccer mobs are threatening the revolution.” Foreign Policy (February 2012).
- Dorsey, James M. and Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario. “Winds Blowing East? The Arab Revolt, Social Movements and Civil Society in Southeast Asia.” institute Francais des Relation Internationales (February 2012).
- Dorsey, James M. “Rap and Metal on Planet Islam: The booming voice of pent-up Middle Eastern anger.” Reason (December 2010).
- Dorsey, James M. “Change in the Middle East puts Turkey in the eye of the storm.” Turkish Policy Quarterly (Winter 2010).
- Dorsey, James M. “Hitting Militants Where It Hurts, Development is the way to fight global terrorism.” Internationale Politik (July 2010).
- Dorsey, James M. “Letter From Sana’a: On State Failure's Doorstep,” Foreign Affairs (February 2010).
- Dorsey, James M. “Water Security: Does Europe Have A Strategy?” Friends of Europe. Brussels, 2009.
- Dorsey, James M. "North African soccer pitches return as venues for anti-government protests," Huffington Post, September 2, 2014
- "Saudi-Qatari rivalry spills onto the soccer pitch" Huffington Post, August 31, 2014
- "Is Hamas winning the Gaza war?" Huffington Post, August 26, 2014
- "Behing the Gaza ceasefire: Israel and Hamas talk potential peace," Huffington Post, August 22, 2014
- "Gulf states and their US critics seek to shape US perceptions on the soccer pitch," Huffington Post, August 21, 2014
- "Gaza War puts sporting boycott of Israel back on the front burner," Huffington Post, August 19, 2014
- "Syria's Fallout: Rise of Islamic State," Huffington Post, August 14, 2014
- "Saudi efforts to professionalize soccer marred by politics," Huffington Post, August 11, 2014
- "The Cairo Talks: Mediation or End Game in the Gaza War?" Huffington Post, August 10, 2014
- "Lessons from Gaza for Israel's military: Unprepared for unconventional warfare," Huffington Post, August 7, 2014
- "Gaza War: New Palestinian Resolve changes Paradigm," Huffington Post, August 5, 2014
- "Gaza casts shadow over Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup," Huffington Post, August 3, 2014
- "Netanyahu's Dilemma: From the War in Gaza to the War at Home," Huffington Post, August 1, 2014
- "Qatar invests in Israeli soccer despite Gaza and war of words with Jerusalem," Huffington Post, July 30, 2014
- "Battle of the Ceasefires: Israel, Hamas Struggle for Moral High Ground," Huffington Post, July 29, 2014
- "In death, soccer fan-turned soldier embodies Israeli-Palestinian gap," Huffington Post, July 26, 2014
- "Middle East Conflict: Need for Credible Mediator," Huffington Post, July 25, 2014
- "Soccer pitches: An emerging battleground for control of Iraq," Huffignton Post, July 17, 2014
- "Qatari labour report offers solutions but is unlikely to reduce pressure on World Cup," Huffington Post, July 15, 2014
- "Israel and Saudi Arabia: Forging Ties on Quicksand," Huffington Post, July 11, 2014
- Dorsey, James M. "Wahhabism vs Wahhabism: Qatar challenges Saudi Arabia" in Singapore Middle East Reflections No. 4
- "Islamic State urges FIFA to deprive Qatar of the World Cup," Huffington Post, July 9, 2014
- "Israeli investigation into murder of Palestinian focuses on Jerusalem soccer fan group," Huffington Post, July 7, 2014
- "The Secret History behind the Algerian-German World Cup Duel," Huffington Post, July 3, 2014
- "Squaring Soccer with Islam," Huffington Post, July 1, 2014
- "World Cup broadcasts: The Middle East's opportunity to miss an opportunity," Huffington Post, June 28, 2014
- "Middle East fights propaganda wars on World Cup side lines," Huffington Post, June 26, 2014
- "World Cup boosts Iran's image and highlights political sports battles," Huffington Post, June 24, 2014
- "Targetting fans: Jihadists get World Cup fever," Huffington Post, June 22, 2014
- "U.S. pays price for misguided Iraq policies," Dow Jones Market Place, June 19, 2014
- "Politics, political interference, and mismanagement hamper Middle Eastern soccer," Huffington Post, June 17, 2014
- "World Cup sparks Islamist debate on rectitude of soccer," Huffington Post, June 14, 2014
- "Israel evades FIFA sanctions - for now," Huffington Post, June 13, 2014
- "AFC power struggle reflects sorry state of soccer governance," Huffington Post, June 10, 2014
- "The stakes are high in Qatar's World Cup drama," Al Jazeera America, June 9, 2014
- "Coming clean: Pressure mounts for Qatari transparency and proper FIFA investigation," Huffington Post, June 8, 2014
- "Qatar's handling of World Cup scandal misses the goal," Dow Jones Market Watch, June 6, 2014
- "Qatar's World Cup: Looking for the Smoking Gun," Huffington Post, June 4, 2014
- "Qatar corruption allegations: A potential massive governance, geo-political and social fall-out," Huffington Post, June 1, 2014
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