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WILL THE ICJ PRELIM DECISION CHANGE WHAT HAPPENS IN GAZA?

By: Morning Brief

Published: January 29, 2024

Last Friday, the International Court of Justice made an interim ruling on the genocide case against Israel, ordering Israel to prevent acts of genocide and to allow more humanitarian aid into Gaza. Could this ruling change the trajectory of the war? We discuss the implications with Middle East expert Dr. James Dorsey.

RED SEA STRIKES ON HOUTHIS EXPAND MIDDLE EAST CONFLICT

By: Morning Brief

Published: January 15, 2024

The conflict in the Middle East sees no signs of easing with the recent airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen by the US and some of its allies. Likewise, there is no concrete action pointing to a de-escalation of conflict in the Israel-Hamas war. We speak to Middle East expert Dr. James Dorsey for updates on the situation in the region.

EGYPT, ANOTHER TERM FOR PRESIDENT SISI

By: Morning Brief

Published: December 20, 2023

Amid reports that a deal was imminent for the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas, US President Joe Biden put forth a US vision for post-war Gaza governed by a revitalised Palestinian Authority. How realistic are these plans? We discuss current developments in the Israel-Hamas war with Middle East expert Dr. James Dorsey.

WHO DECIDES GAZA'S POST-WAR FUTURE?

By: Morning Brief

Published: November 20, 2023

Amid reports that a deal was imminent for the release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas, US President Joe Biden put forth a US vision for post-war Gaza governed by a revitalised Palestinian Authority. How realistic are these plans? We discuss current developments in the Israel-Hamas war with Middle East expert Dr. James Dorsey.

INTERNATIONAL PARALYSIS ON GAZA

By: Shazana Mokhtar

Published: October 24, 2023

The war in Gaza has entered the third week with no respite in sight for the over 2 million Palestinians trapped there. A Peace Summit in Cairo over the weekend yielded no progress - who are the geopolitical power brokers that can affect a meaningful ceasefire? We get analysis and updates from Middle East expert Dr. James Dorsey.

Free speech concerns, fact checking and misinformation surrounding conflict reporting/Asian Para G

By: Backchat

Published: October 24, 2023

On Tuesday's Backchat, we're talking about issues of free speech, fact-checking and misinformation surrounding events unfolding in Israel and Gaza.
From social media companies accused of favouring particular accounts, to news organisations subject to criticism from both sides, the conflict is considered to be among the most polarising of our times.
And while rigorously checking the facts can serve as a barrier against misinformation, the emergence of politically affiliated fact-checking platforms makes the quest for certitude even harder.
How has social media shaped our perception of news? Have emotions trumped rationality? And is there such a thing as an objective truth? We'll find out.
After 9:45, we'll talk about the development of paralympic sports, with Asian Para Games having opened in Hangzhou on Sunday.

The Geopolitics of Football in the Gulf

By: Africa Business of Sport Podcast

Published: October 17, 2023

In this episode, Edem and Jabu are joined by two-time Pulitzer Prize Nominee journalist and author of The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, James Dorsey.

 

In a wide-ranging interview, James examines how politics has shaped the history of sport in the Middle East, how the volatile geopolitical rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Qatar is playing out in football and what the Confederation of African Football's Memorandum of Understandings with the Saudi Arabian Football Federation and Arab Gulf Cup Football Federation mean for growing sports diplomacy between Africa and the Gulf.

Israel-Hamas war: the unveiling of a wider conflict?

By: Danny Gittings and Paul Zimmerman

Published: October 12, 2023

On Thursday's Backchat, we're discussing the Israel-Hamas war.

This comes after Saturday's surprise ground assault on the territory, leaving over 1,200 dead and injuring more than 2,600 in the deadliest attack on civilians in Israel's history.

Jewish settlements bordering Gaza were among the hardest hit, with dozens of families massacred by militants in what some have described as the "darkest day" in Jewish history since the Holocaust. 260 bodies were also recovered from a nearby peace-themed music festival.

Around 150 people including foreigners have been kidnapped, with their fate uncertain.

Israel promises 'mighty vengeance' against Hamas

Published: October 9, 2023

It’s been a shock for the Israelis on Saturday after Hamas successfully launched a surprise attack into Israeli towns near the Gaza strip. And since then, there have been exchanges of rockets between Hamas and the Israelis. It was described as the deadliest attack in Israel in decades. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now vowing mighty vengeance and threatening to turn Gaza into a “deserted island”. He also went on to declare that the country is now ‘at war'. Dr James Dorsey is Adjunct Senior Fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies. He tells us what ‘state of war’ means for Israel. 

Why is Saudi Arabia buying footballers like crazy?

By: Andrej Matisak

Published: August 9, 2023

Cristiano Ronaldo led the way, other big football stars, though many of them are aging stars, follow. Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kante, Roberto Firmino or Jordan Henderson, just to name a few. Why is Saudi Arabia spending crazy money on football players? Is this a clear example of sportwashing? Can the Saudis' effort be sustainable?

Daily Cuts - Will there be peace in the upcoming Saudi Peace Summit?

Published: August 2, 2023

Saudi Arabia is planning to host a summit involving Ukraine, several Western states and major developing countries. The talks, which are scheduled to take place this weekend in the port-city of Jeddah, will focus on a 10-point peace plan proposed by Ukraine’s president. Russia has reportedly not been invited to the summit. But a Kremlin spokesperson said that they will monitor the talks. Dr James Dorsey, Adjunct Senior Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies tells Arnold & Nadirah what he expects from this summit. 

What is sportswashing? The controversy around soccer and sports, explained

Published: July 24, 2023

Saudi Arabian soccer team al-Hilal has offered to buy star French soccer player Kilian Mbappe for more than $330 million. The team would pay him almost $15 million a week should he join.

It's just the latest example of what sports industry experts call 'sportswashing'; others being the PGA-LIV Gold merger, last year's Soccer World Cup in Qatar and a Qatari investment funds purchase of shares in three Washington D.C. sports franchises.

HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF WITH JENIN IN ISRAELI CROSSHAIRS

Published: July 6, 2023

On Monday,  Israel unleashed one of its largest military operations in the Palestinian city of Jenin, withdrawing their forces yesterday. This two-day operation has killed at least 12 Palestinians, injured approximately 100 others and caused widespread destruction. We speak to Dr James Dorsey of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies on the implications of this latest escalation of violence by the Israeli military

TURKIYE ELECTION RUNOFF

By: Daily Cuts

Published: May 29, 2023

Turkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be extending his 20 years in power! He has won re-election in a run-off vote, extending his term by 5 more years. Asia First’s Arnold Gay and Andrea Heng speak with Dr James Dorsey, Adjunct Senior Fellow, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, who tells us what this means for Turkiye.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

MORE SCRUTINY ON QATAR AMIDST WORLD CUP

Published: November 22, 2022

On Wednesday, Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by sniper fire in the West Bank city of Jenin while covering Israeli military raids. We discuss the dangers journalists face when they step into conflict zones and how tragedies like this affect press freedom. Then, we get into the importance of having female role models and representation in journalism.
 

Presented by: Dr James Dorsey, Adjunct Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies

Qatar: The migrant workers behind the World Cup

Published: October 31, 2022

Workers from countries such as Nepal have done the bulk of the work to build the stadiums and infrastructure for the Qatar World Cup. But there are difficult questions still to be answered about the treatment of these people, and how compensation for those workers who have been badly treated, or even died in Qatar, is being paid.


Producer/Presenter: Ed Butler (Image: A Qatari stadium with workers climbing up. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency)

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF SPORT: ARE WE IN THIS TOGETHER?

Published: WEdnesday, April 6, 2022

Today marks the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, with this year's theme being 'Securing a Sustainable and Peaceful Future for All: The Contribution of Sport'. We discuss the spirit of the day as well as the role of sports in promoting peace and harmony. Then, we talk to the co-founder of the Rohingya FC on how the club has helped bring communities together through their love for football.

Image source: Monkey Business Images, Shutterstock

Produced by: Jeremy Ng, Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn, Sharmilla Ganesan

THE DANGEROUS REALITIES OF CONFLICT REPORTING

Published: Friday, May 13, 2022 18:00

On Wednesday, Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by sniper fire in the West Bank city of Jenin while covering Israeli military raids. We discuss the dangers journalists face when they step into conflict zones and how tragedies like this affect press freedom. Then, we get into the importance of having female role models and representation in journalism.

Image source: Shireen Abu Akleh, Official Facebook Page

Produced by: Alia Zefri, Jeremy Ng, Lee Chwi Lynn

Presented by: Lee Chwi Lynn

MIDDLE EAST DIVERGENCE ON UKRAINE WAR

Published: Tuesday, March 29, 2022

This week Israel played host to a historic meeting with four Arab countries as well as the US in the Negev desert. The UAE, Bahrain and Morocco normalised ties with Israel in 2020 as part of the Abraham Accords brokered under President Trump. Among the issues on the agenda include developments on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, as well as the impact of plunging wheat prices on the Arab world. We discuss the significance of the meeting and broader geopolitical dynamics in the Middle East against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine with expert Dr. James Dorsey. Image credit: EPA-EFE

Produced by: Shazana Mokhtar

Presented by: Shazana Mokhtar, Wong Shou Ning, Philip See

WILL AN IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL BE EVENTUALLY STRUCK?

Published: Monday, March 14,2022

Talks to save the Iran Nuclear Deal or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, and to bring Iran back into the deal’s compliance began in the beginning of 2021, but has been facing many obstacles. Just before the weekend, it was announced by the EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell that the talk in Vienna has been suspended due to external factors. Dr. James Dorsey, Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute of National University of Singapore helps us to understand what has taken place and if a deal will be eventually struck.

Middle East Report How the Middle East is affected by Russia Ukraine War - James Dorsey

Published: Friday, March 4, 2022

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The Middle East Report with James Dorsey

Published: Monday, February 28, 2022

Ukraine: Lessons Not Being Learned with Dr. James Dorsey, an Award-Winning Journalist and Scholar with Host Richard Levick of LEVICK: Dr. James Dorsey, an award-winning journalist and Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore’s Middle East Institute and Adjunct Senior Fellow at Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies speaks with host Richard Levick of LEVICK on his latest article, Ukraine: Lessons Not Being Learned

The Middle East Report with James Dorsey

Published: Monday, January 21, 2022

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Kazakhstan Unrest Portends Deeper Issues Former Soviet Dominions

Published: January 10, 2022 10:33 AM

The new year began with turbulence in Kazakhstan, after violent street protests erupted in response to rising gas prices. Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has sought help from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) to quell the unrest. 

Shifting Sands In Middle East Geopolitics?

Published: December 28, 2021 11:46 AM

This year witnessed several changes in Middle Eastern political dynamics. As countries focus on economic recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a clear shift towards de-escalating tensions within Gulf countries. This has been taking place amidst a perceived withdrawal of US influence in the region under the Biden administration. 

America, BFFs Say 'No' To China Winter Olympics

Published: December 9, 2021 11:24 AM

America, Australia, Canada and the UK will boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, prompting another round of analyses on waning US-China ties.

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