James M. Dorsey
Academic, Journalist, Syndicated Columnist, Blogger.
James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies as Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, co-director of the Institute of Fan Culture of the University of Würzburg and the author of the blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, and a forthcoming book with the same title.
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An award-winning, veteran journalist, James has covered ethnic and religious conflict in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times and The Christian Science Monitor.
He has been based across the Middle East in Cairo, Jerusalem, Tehran, Kuwait, Cairo, Dubai and Riyadh as well as in Europe in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Nicosia, Athens and Istanbul and in the Americas in Washington, Lima and Panama City.
James is a columnist and the author of the widely acclaimed and quoted blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer. He sits on the international editorial board of The Middle East Studies Online Journal, is vice president of Ecquant, an online news market place scheduled for launch later this year, and serves as an advisor to global public relations agency Hill & Knowlton.
James was an advisor to the chairman of the World Economic Forum for the first Middle East and North Africa summits in the 1990s and chairs panels at WEF gatherings.
James is frequently interviewed by media from across the globe, often speaks at international conferences and has on occasioned testified in national parliaments. James is regularly asked to conduct investigations in terrorism-related legal cases. He most recently contributed a chapter to a book on the world after the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.
As a foreign correspondent as well as a senior researcher at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute and currently at RSIS, James has dealt extensively with issues related to social movements and protest using soccer as a prism as well as with civil-military relations in the Middle East and North Africa. He has met and/or interviewed and maintained relations with many, if not most, civilian and military leaders in the region as well as representatives of virtually all militia and guerrilla groups.
Over the years, James has advised major financial institutions and corporations on developments in the Middle East and North Africa. Moreover, James has retained a long-standing interest in water policy issues. He is a member of the advisory board of the European Water Partnership and has worked closely over the year with the World Economic Forum, the World Water Forum, the World Water Council, the UN Secretary General’s office and the United Nations Foundation.
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- Volleyball in Iran: A litmus test for women’s rights 27-06-2016
- Amnesty International criticism returns Qatar to square one31-03-2016
- AFC president’s FIFA presidential bid mired in abuse of human rights allegations06-11-2015
- Stadium construction: A political barometer15-06-2015
- Questions about Qatar’s World Cup hosting get renewed boost17-04-2015
- A vote for Prince Ali is a likely vote for change – and for challenge06-01-2015
- Volleyball federation sanctions Iran in new assertiveness on women's sporting rights11-11-2014
- Mounting workers’ deaths increase pressure on Qatar, FIFA and Asian countries21-02-2014
- Singaporean dark horse in IOC race campaigns on promise of change03-09-2013
- Qatar’s love affair with France consummated with soccer15-10-2012
- AFC reports stolen Bin Hammam payment documents to police06-09-2012
- FIFA investigates: World Cup host Qatar in the hot seat28-08-2012
- Soccer meets politics at Doha’s Mohammed Abdul Wahhab Mosque20-04-2012
- Middle Eastern buying spree changes European soccer landscape13-04-2012
- Resignations deepen rift among Turkish Islamists and country’s soccer crisis 02-02-2012
- Football Produces for Qatar PR Fiasco Rather than PR Boon04-04-2011
- Emboldened Fans Rewrite the Politics of Egyptian Football28-03-2011
- Football Pitches: A Battleground for North Africa’s Future21-03-2011