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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.

    King Abdullah Of Joran Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place

    King Abdullah Of Joran Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place

    Jordan's King Abdullah is caught between a rock and a hard place.

    • 11 min
    Antisemitism Threatens Jews, And Occupation Threatens Judaism

    Antisemitism Threatens Jews, And Occupation Threatens Judaism

    Israel’s territorial claims, West Bank policies, and Gaza war conduct shine a spotlight on problematic Jewish religious legal precepts, much like the 9/11 Al Qaeda attacks did with Islam.

    • 19 min
    The Quest For Religious Reform Goes Global.

    The Quest For Religious Reform Goes Global.

    For more than two decades, jihadists took pride in place as symbols of extremism and illustrations of the need for religious reform. They made Islam the focus of post-9/11 calls for religious change and moderation.
    Today, Islam no longer stands alone. One of the world’s foremost faiths, Islam has been joined by most major religions that have long flown under the radar.

    • 25 min
    The Greater Middle East Is A Ticking Time Bomb (Part 2)

    The Greater Middle East Is A Ticking Time Bomb (Part 2)

    It goes without saying that the Palestinian issue touches many across the Greater Middle East.
    Israel and the world’s inability or unwillingness to help Palestinians secure their rights and Palestinians’ sense of not being accorded the dignity and respect accorded to others mirrors a quest for recognition and dignity across the region.

    • 20 min
    US President Biden Plays High - Risk Poker With Israel’s Netanyahu

    US President Biden Plays High - Risk Poker With Israel’s Netanyahu

    US President Joe Biden doesn’t fit the mould of a high-risk gambler.
    Yet, gambling is the crux of his velvet glove dealings with Israel. With one eye on Israeli politics and the other on presidential elections in the United States in six months, Mr. Biden is walking a tightrope.

    • 10 min
    The Greater Middle East Is A Ticking Time Bomb (Part 1)

    The Greater Middle East Is A Ticking Time Bomb (Part 1)

    By James M. Dorsey
    The Greater Middle East is a ticking time bomb.
    Simmering at the surface in Gaza and across much of the Middle East and North Africa is social, economic, and political anger and frustration that could erupt at any moment but may not immediately manifest itself publicly.

    • 13 min

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