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Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and co-host of the New Books in Middle Eastern Studies podcast. James is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title as well as Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa.

Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and co-host of the New Books in Middle Eastern Studies podcast. James is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title as well as Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa.
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Dr. James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, co-director of the University of Würzburg’s Institute for Fan Culture, and co-host of the New Books in Middle Eastern Studies podcast. James is the author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer blog, a book with the same title as well as Comparative Political Transitions between Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa, co-authored with Dr. Teresita Cruz-Del Rosario and Shifting Sands, Essays on Sports and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa.

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The Khashoggi killing and Saudi money

10/22/2018
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Davos in the Desert 2018, the Saudi investment conference begins on Tuesday. The Saudis are significant investors in global financial , technology and media industries. Over a month ago, hundreds of western politicians and business executives were eager to attend. But the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October has seen an overwhelming boycott of the conference.

Duration:00:19:27

KHASHOGGI KILLING - SAUDIS SCREW - UP BFM 28102018

10/22/2018
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The disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month in Istanbul has rocked the international community and tarnished the progressive image of Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman. After initially denying any involvement in his disappearance, Saudi Arabia has now finally admitted that Khashoggi was murdered, saying that the act was a "tremendous mistake". BFM89.9 on the line with Dr. James M. Dorsey, Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International...

Duration:00:10:34

MbS: For better or for worse?

10/21/2018
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Embattled Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could prove to be not only a cat with nine lives but also one that makes even stranger jumps.

Duration:00:10:31

A gruesome murder bares world powers’ flawed policies

10/20/2018
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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s gruesome murder raises fundamental questions that go far beyond Middle Eastern geopolitics.

Duration:00:08:18

Khashoggi crisis highlights why investment in Asia is more productive than in the Middle East

10/18/2018
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Growing Western political and corporate reluctance to be associated with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi spotlights fundamentally different investment strategies and environments in the bulk of Asia and the oil-rich Gulf states, the continent’s most western flank.

Duration:00:07:28

Turkey plays Khashoggi crisis to its geopolitical advantage

10/16/2018
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With Turkish investigators asserting that they have found further evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed when he visited the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, Turkey appears to be leveraging the case to enhance its position as a leader of the Islamic World and reposition itself as a key US ally.

Duration:00:09:55

MbS: Riding roughshod or playing a risky game of bluff poker?

10/15/2018
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A stalemate in efforts to determine what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is threatening to escalate into a crisis that could usher in a new era in relations between the United States and some of its closest Arab allies as well as in the region’s energy politics.

Duration:00:11:44

Kazakh court case tests Chinese power

10/14/2018
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A Kazakh court is set to put to the test China’s ability to impose its will and strongarm Muslim nations into remaining silent about its brutal crackdown on Turkic Muslims in the north-western province of Xinjiang.

Duration:00:07:39

Jamal Khashoggi rejiggers the Middle East at potentially horribly cost

10/11/2018
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The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East.

Duration:00:06:18

Remodelling the Belt and Road: Pakistan picks up the torch

10/9/2018
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Pakistan, following in the footsteps of Malaysia and Myanmar, is the latest country to balk at the China and infrastructure focus of Beijing’s Belt and Road-related investments.

Duration:00:09:49

Pakistani poker: Playing Saudi Arabia against China

10/6/2018
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Desperate for funding to fend off a financial crisis fuelled in part by mounting debt to China, Pakistan is playing a complicated game of poker that could hand Saudi Arabia a strategic victory in its bitter feud with Iran at the People’s Republic’s expense.

Duration:00:08:52

Achieving religious harmony in a world of fear and populism

10/4/2018
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This is a tough time for men and women of the cloth, at least those whose message is one of peace, tolerance, mutual respect, equality and inter-faith dialogue.

Duration:00:12:28

Journalist’s disappearance challenges fragile Middle Eastern pragmatism

10/3/2018
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The emergence of tacit pragmatism in the Middle East is potentially being challenged by the disappearance in Turkey of a prominent Saudi journalist.

Duration:00:07:53

NBN Book Review: Compulsion in Religion by Samuel Helfont

10/2/2018
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Samuel Helfont‘s Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam and the Roots of Insurgencies in Iraq (Oxford University Press, 2018) makes an invaluable contribution to an understanding of Iraqi strongman’s Saddam Hussein harnessing of Islam in support of his Baathist regime and ideology and to ensure that Islam as a social institution is incapable of turning against him. In doing so, Helfont also contributes to the understanding of the dynamics of religious legitimization of autocratic and...

Duration:00:57:21

Fragility of Middle East alliances becomes ever more apparent

9/29/2018
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Three recent developments lay bare the fragility of Middle Eastern alliances and a rebalancing of their priorities: the Russian-Turkish compromise on an assault on the rebel-held Syrian region of Idlib, the fate of troubled Abu Dhabi airline Ettihad, and battles over reconstruction of Syria.

Duration:00:10:27

China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom

9/27/2018
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For all that China’s twenty-first-century ‘rise’ is a much-discussed notion both within the country and globally, it is an increasingly difficult concept to grasp or keep pace with. As a result, books which dissect and analyse developments from a regional perspective are of great value, particularly when they focus on widely-overlooked regions as James M. Dorsey‘s China and the Middle East: Venturing into the Maelstrom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) does. Exploring China’s growing and...

Duration:00:59:19

Global watchdog takes Saudi Arabia to task for lax anti-terrorism finance measures

9/25/2018
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A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report criticizing Saudi Arabia’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance measures puts the kingdom on the spot 17 years after the 9/11 attacks and casts a shadow over its diplomatic and economic boycott of Qatar on the grounds that the Gulf state supports militants.

Duration:00:07:44

Battling it out at the UN: Potholes overshadow US-Iran confrontation

9/25/2018
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It’s easy to dismiss Iranian denunciations of the United States and its Middle Eastern allies as part of the Islamic republic's long-standing rhetoric. The rhetoric makes it equally easy to understand American distrust. But as President J. Trump and Hassan Rouhani, his Iranian counterpart, gear up for two days of diplomatic sabre rattling at the United Nations in advance of next month's imposition of a second round of harsh US sanctions, both men risk fuelling a conflict that could escalate...

Duration:00:07:24

Attack in Iran raises spectre of a potentially far larger conflagration

9/23/2018
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An attack on a military parade in the southern Iranian city of Ahwaz is likely to prompt Iranian retaliation against opposition groups at home and abroad. It also deepens Iranian fears that the United States. Saudi Arabia and others may seek to destabilize the country by instigating unrest among its ethnic minorities.

Duration:00:11:05

Middle Eastern Black Swans dot China’s Belt and Road

9/22/2018
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If any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with a global power, it is the greater Middle East, a region that stretches from the Atlantic coast of Africa to north-western China, a swath of land populated by the Arab, Turkic and Persian worlds.

Duration:00:16:10