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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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Singapore

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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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English

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Episodes

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s Heady Days

5/22/2022
These are heady days for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Duration:00:09:02

Saudi Religious Moderation - The World’s Foremost Publisher Of Qur’ans Has Yet To Get The Message

5/18/2022
The continued production and distribution of Qur'ans that included unaltered ultra-conservative interpretations sits uneasily with Mr. Bin Salman's effort to emphasize nationalism rather than religion as the core of Saudi identity and project a more moderate and tolerant image of the kingdom's Islam.

Duration:00:12:43

Ignoring The Middle East At One’s Peril: Turkey Plays Games In NATO

5/15/2022
Amid speculation about a reduced US military commitment to security in the Middle East, Turkey has spotlighted the region's ability to act as a disruptive force if its interests are neglected.

Duration:00:09:03

Indian Civilisationalism A Potential Next Flashpoint

5/12/2022
When Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine, he laid down a marker for a critical mass of world leaders who, like him, think in civilizational rather than national terms.

Duration:00:11:07

Can Indonesia’s Humanitarian Islam inspire a Hindu nationalist equivalent?

5/9/2022
There's a potential silver lining in Hindu nationalism's endorsement of Indonesia's Humanitarian Islam. That is if the approval produces a Hindu equivalent.

Duration:00:12:06

Hamas Eyes Malaysia As A Possible Operations Base

5/6/2022
Malaysia has emerged as a potential external operations base for Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Gaza Strip if Turkey expels or restricts the group’s movements as a part of its rapprochement with Israel.

Duration:00:10:32

Deteriorating Israeli - Russian Relations A Cautionary Message For The UAE, Saudi Arabia, And Turkey

5/3/2022
Israel’s rapidly deteriorating relations with Russia contain a message for other Middle Eastern powers: attempting to remain on the sidelines of the conflict in Ukraine risks falling in between the cracks.

Duration:00:09:44

Ukraine Joins Afghanistan And Yemen In Shaping Gulf Rivalries

5/2/2022
The US withdrawal from Afghanistan was a geopolitical watershed. Its shockwaves continue to reverberate and are magnified by the wars in Ukraine and Yemen.

Duration:00:07:32

Contesting Russia Requires Renewed US Engagement In Central Asia

4/28/2022
When US Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III declared that Washington wanted to see Russia so “weakened" that it would no longer be able to invade a neighbouring state, he lifted the veil on US goals in Ukraine. He also held out the prospect of a long-term US-Russian contest for power and influence.

Duration:00:09:25

A Clash Of Civilisations - The Russian Vs. The Nordic Pavilion At The Venice Biennale

4/25/2022
Russia and the Nordic countries’ pavilions at this year’s Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious art exhibition, project two different concepts of civilisation, nationalism, and sovereignty that have come to blows in Ukraine.

Duration:00:07:05

Saudi Arabia Targets A More Republican Washington

4/22/2022
Rather than push for an immediate improvement of strained relations with the United States, Saudi Arabia appears to be looking forward to a time when US President Joe Biden's wings may be clipped.

Duration:00:09:24

Israel’s Ukraine Conundrum May Have Implications For Gulf States

4/19/2022
Middle Eastern states see their ability narrow to walk a fine line in the Ukraine conflict. Israel is a case in point as tensions with Iran in Syria and Palestinians in Jerusalem flare, and both Russia and the United States signal impatience with its attempts to straddle the fence.

Duration:00:07:04

Iran Capitalises On Central Asian Vacuum Created By The Ukraine War

4/16/2022
Anti-Iranian protests in Afghanistan and the stabbing of three clerics in Iran threaten to cast a shadow over Iranian efforts to capitalise on the fallout in Central Asia of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Duration:00:08:12

US - Gulf Divergence - Placing Risky Bets

4/13/2022
Russia's invasion of Ukraine spotlights seemingly widening differences between the United States and its closest Middle Eastern allies, sparking eulogies for an era of bygone American regional dominance.

Duration:00:09:37

Applying Double Standards In Ukraine Is A Risky Business

4/10/2022
Russia’s suspension from the United Nations Human Rights Council was long overdue, even without the mass killing of innocent civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha. A country that poisons or otherwise does away with its critics at home and abroad and stifles freedom of the press, expression, and association should not qualify for a seat on the Council. A quick look at current and past membership in the Council explains why the UN General Assembly vote to suspend Russia, like multiple...

Duration:00:08:29

Cooperating With Autocrats When Is Too Much, Too Much

4/6/2022
Two recent publications have fuelled debate about democratic cooperation with autocratic governments in general, and Saudi Arabia in particular, in the wake of the Ukraine war. It is a debate that challenges US President Joe Biden’s framing of the conflict as a struggle between good and evil, democracy and autocracy.

Duration:00:11:49

The 2022 World Cup Is Qatar Putting Its Best Foot Forward

4/3/2022
This is Qatar's year to put its best foot forward. A major producer of natural gas, the tiny Gulf state is under the magnifying glass as it enters the final phase of hosting the 2022 World Cup later this year and emerges as a potential part of efforts to reduce European dependence on Russian energy.

Duration:00:10:09

Always A Major Middle Eastern Power, Israel Now Takes Centre Stage

3/30/2022
A straightforward message emerged from this week’s meeting in the Negev desert of the foreign ministers of four Arab countries, Israel and the United States: Israel is key to the security of Gulf autocracies and continued US engagement in the Middle East.

Duration:00:06:41

NBN Interview David Warren

3/25/2022
Rivals in the Gulf: Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Abdullah Bin Bayyah, and the Qatar-UAE Contest Over the Arab Spring and the Gulf Crisis (Routledge, 2021) goes to key questions of governance at the heart of developments in the Muslim world. Warren looks at the issue through the lens of two of the foremost Middle Eastern religious protagonists and their backers: Egyptian-born Qatari national Yusuf a Qaradawi, widely seen as advocating an Islamic concept of democracy, and UAE-backed Abdullah Bin Bayyah...

Duration:00:58:29

Autocratic Vs Democratic Islam = UAE Vs Indonesia

3/22/2022
Indonesia has emerged as a primary battleground between democratic and autocratic visions of Islam in the 21st century.

Duration:00:10:47