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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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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.

    The Battle For The Soul Of Islam A Game Of Seduction

    The Battle For The Soul Of Islam A Game Of Seduction

    Two recent high-profile Arab events honouring Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest and most moderate Muslim civil society movement, highlight a subtle tug-of-war over who will define ‘moderate Islam’ in the 21st century.

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    Ceasefire Talks Are About More Than A Gaza Truce And Prisoner Exchange

    Ceasefire Talks Are About More Than A Gaza Truce And Prisoner Exchange

    A proposed temporary Gaza ceasefire and prisoner exchange appears designed to buy war-battered Gazans relief while enabling Israel and Hamas to claim a success.

    • 17 min
    Netanyahu’s ‘Day After’ Gaza Plan Is A Non - Starter

    Netanyahu’s ‘Day After’ Gaza Plan Is A Non - Starter

    Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s plan for Gaza’s future once the guns fall silent is likely to be a non-starter.
    Rather than provide a pathway to a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the plan aims to squash Palestinian national aspirations and ensure continued Israeli control.

    • 12 min
    Soccer Incidents Call Into Question Fundaments Of Saudi - Iranian Detente

    Soccer Incidents Call Into Question Fundaments Of Saudi - Iranian Detente

    Two recent soccer incidents suggest that beyond optics little has changed in the Saudi-Iranian rivalry since China mediated the restoration of diplomatic relations between the two countries a year ago.

    • 11 min
    Israel Puts Qatar In The Crosshairs As Hamas Reasserts Itself In Gaza

    Israel Puts Qatar In The Crosshairs As Hamas Reasserts Itself In Gaza

    With the Gaza ceasefire and prisoner exchange talks stalled, Israel and its hardline US supporters have stepped up long-standing efforts to discredit Qatar, the main mediator between Hamas and the Israeli government.

    • 16 min
    Crunch Time May Be Around The Corner As Gaza Ceasefire Talks Stall

    Crunch Time May Be Around The Corner As Gaza Ceasefire Talks Stall

    Increasingly, the Biden administration links a Gaza ceasefire and a prisoner exchange to broader regional objectives, including Saudi recognition of Israel and the semblance of a pathway to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    • 13 min

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