Struggling for Women’s Rights: International Sports Associations Duck the Gun


By James M. Dorsey This is an expanded version of remarks made at Interdisciplinary Net’s Politics, Money and Sport Places, and Mega Events workshop in Oxford, 13-15 October 2016 This is a story as much about Saudi Arabia or for that matter about Iran as it is about international sports associations and how they balance … [Read more…]

Gulf autocrats and sports corruption: A marriage made in heaven


Remarks at 2016 Exeter Gulf Conference Global soccer and global sports governance have for the past nine years and certainly since a fateful meeting in late 2010 of the executive committee of FIFA, the world soccer body, witnessed crisis after crisis. Invariably the scandals involved corruption: financial corruption, political corruption or corruption of sporting performance. … [Read more…]

Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi Export of Wahhabism – Remarks at 2016 Exeter Gulf Conference


This book project on Saudi public diplomacy using primarily the kingdom’s financial muscle has had a long gestation. It focuses on the impact of various policies of the kingdom on Muslim communities and nations across the globe. In doing so, I will concentrate on Saudi government policy and actions as well as those of senior … [Read more…]

​„Bruch mit allem, was bisher Konsens war“ – Faszination Fankurve

Nachdem der Eintracht Frankfurt Fanclubverband die Vorfälle vom Magdeburg Spiel verurteilte (Faszination Fankurve berichtete), meldet sich nun die Fan- und Förderabteilung von Eintracht Frankfurt zu Wort und findet deutliche Worte zu den Vorfällen und den daraus resultierenden Folgen. Quelle: „Bruch mit allem, was bisher Konsens war“ – Faszination Fankurve