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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 Sand ...
 
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Increasing strains between Pakistan and its traditional Arab allies, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, is about more than Gulf states opportunistically targeting India’s far more lucrative market.At the heart of the tensions, that potentially complicate Pakistan’s economic recovery, is also India’s ability to enhance Gulf states’ capacity…
 
David Rundell brings to his book, Vision or Mirage: Saudi Arabia at the Crossroads (I. B. Tauris, 2020), a granular analysis and insider’s understanding of the inner workings of the kingdom garnered as a US foreign service officer who served a total of 15 years in the country.Rundell skilfully weaves history into a multi-layered portrait of the tra…
 
Fall into the strange world of Midst, where the moon is falling, the vibes are shady, and the narrators are unreliable. This week, we're showcasing the sci-fi podcast's first two episodes. Like what you hear? Us too. You can support Midst on Patreon. Learn more about how to support Radio Drama Revival on our website. This episode of Radio Drama Rev…
 
Saudi Arabia has taken multiple steps to polish its tarnished image in advance of this weekend’s hosting of the virtual summit of the G20 that groups the world’s foremost economies and in anticipation of an incoming Biden administration in the United States that is expected to be critical of Riyadh and potentially more conciliatory towards Iran and…
 
In this interview with two of Windfall's creators, siblings Adam and Bob Raymonda, hear details about music, sound, and texture--but also about family, cults of personality, and police states. Like what you hear? Us too. You can support Rogue Dialogue on Patreon. Learn more about how to support Radio Drama Revival on our website. This episode of Ra…
 
Public debates about China’s Middle East policy are as much internal Chinese discussions as they are indications of where Beijing’s thinking is going and efforts to nudge countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to accommodate potential policy changes.By James M. Dorsey
 
Weakened by Joe Biden’s electoral defeat of US President Donald J. Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu risks being caught between a rock and a hard place as Jordan, the Palestine Authority and the United Arab Emirates manoeuvre for control of what is to Jews the Temple Mount and to Muslims the Haram ash-Sharif, the third most holy site…
 
Things are dire in the city of Windfall. The childish monarch, Wanda, rules over her people with little care for who they are. A team of all-powerful police called the Wolfpack keep people "in line." Listen in to our showcase of Windfall and see how people cope in this high-genre, but all too real, podcast. Like what you hear? Us too. You can suppo…
 
Michael Quentin MortonNov 3, 2020 / James M. DorseyMasters of the PearlA History of QatarREAKTION BOOKS 2020History is not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of young, energy-rich monarchies of the Gulf that often punch above their weight in geopolitics and geoeconomics. Yet, that is the rich, mostly unknown story of Qatar that Mich…
 
Join Ely in this conversation with NIGHTLIGHT creator Tonia Ransom, in which the two discuss the rise of Black horror, tension and suspense in fiction, what makes a good twist ending, and more. Like what you hear? Us too. You can support NIGHTLIGHT on the show's site. About Radio Drama Revival: Learn more about how to support Radio Drama Revival on…
 
With the 2022 World Cup in Qatar only two years away, and a resolution of the three-year-old Gulf rift nowhere in sight, government officials, soccer governance executives, and pundits are playing with the notion that the tournament could serve as an icebreaker in the dispute between Qatar and its detractors, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates …
 
This Halloween season, we bring you a spotlight of NIGHTLIGHT, a podcast of Black horror fiction by creator and producer Tonia Ransom. Buckle in--it's going to be a wild, chilling ride. Like what you hear? Us too. You can support NIGHTLIGHT on the show's site. About Radio Drama Revival: Learn more about how to support Radio Drama Revival on our web…
 
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to boost efforts by the world’s largest Muslim movement to recontextualize Islam during a forthcoming visit to Indonesia as part of a three-nation Asian tour. The tour is likely to be the secretary’s last official trip prior to next month’s US presidential election.…
 
In this conversation with Muna Hussen and Jon Ware of I Am In Eskew, hear discussions of horrific architecture, isolation, greed and love, and creating about all of these topics . . . during a global pandemic. Like what you hear? Us too. You can support the team on their website. Moment of Wil: Jacob Geller's "Cities Without People": https://www.yo…
 
In this special bonus episode, learn how the Writers Guild of America is helping provide resources for audio fiction creators! More about the WGA Audio Alliance: https://wgaeast.org/wgaaudio Get added to the database RSVP to the October 26th, 2020 panel About Radio Drama Revival: Learn more about how to support Radio Drama Revival on our website Su…
 
ALAN CHONG AND QUANG MIN PHAMCritical Reflections on China’s Belt and Road InitiativePALGRAVE MACMILLAN 2020October 16, 2020 James M. DorseyPolitical scientists Alan Chong and Quang Min Pham bring with their edited volume, Critical Reflections on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (Palgrave MacMillan, 2020), originality as well as dimensions and pers…
 
Let's kick off Spooky Month with I Am In Eskew, a completed story filled with body horror and other creeping terrors. Like what you hear? Us too. You can support the podcast on their website. Moment of Wil recommendations: Junji Ito's Gyo (for the story "The Enigma of Amigara Fault): https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Gyo-Deluxe/Junji-Ito/978142157915…
 
In this interview with Moonface's James Kim, we tackle questions of emotional processing, collaboration, and the differences between public radio and indie podcasting. Like what you hear? Us too. You can find more about James Kim on his website. About Radio Drama Revival: Learn more about how to support Radio Drama Revival on our website Support El…
 
The United Arab Emirates may have the upper hand in its competition with Turkey in efforts to shape Palestinian politics. Similarly, the UAE’s recognition of the Jewish state gives it a leg up in ensuring that its voice is heard in Israel and Washington irrespective of who wins the November US election.…
 
Explore the discomfort of disconnect in identity with James Kim's MOONFACE, a realistic, semi-autobiographical audio drama mini-series about a gay Korean-American man's struggle to come out to his mother using the language they can both understand. Like what you hear? Us too. You can support James Kim on his website. About Radio Drama Revival: Lear…
 
A close read of the agreement between the United Arab Emirates and Israel suggests that the Jewish state has won far more than diplomatic recognition. It won acknowledgement of its claim to historic Jewish rights. By the same token, the UAE has received a significant boost to project itself as a leader in inter-faith dialogue.…
 
In this week's interview, host Elena Fernández Collins talks with Temujin creator Roshan Singh about colonization, Shakespeare, the histories of storytelling, and how Temujin was created starting from its earliest inspirations. Moment of Wil: You can watch Sherliza Moé's video "Asian cultural app𝖗opriation : Star Wars & Avatar the last airbender PA…
 
The United Arab Emirates’ establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel is damaging its efforts to garner religious soft power by projecting itself as a model of Islamic moderation and tolerance and a force for peace. The UAE move has sparked splits within a key group, created and nurtured by the Gulf state, to project its image as a moderate r…
 
What if you were forced to tell your history at the end of an arrow aimed at your head? That's the onset for this adaptation of Temujin, known as The Secret History of the Mongols, a Mongolian epic saga about Genghis Khan's life. This is a showcase that will grip your heart and squeeze. Like what you hear? Us too. You can support find more about Te…
 
Here are two potential indicators of Chinese interest in moving ahead with a proposed US$400 billion economic and military cooperation agreement with Iran: a Chinese push for Iranian membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and renewed interest in a China-Pakistan-Iran-Turkey energy pipeline. China has moved on neither.…
 
JAMES ZOGBYThe Tumultuous Decade: Arab Public Opinion and the Upheavals of 2010–2019STEUBEN PRESS 2020September 4, 2020 James M. DorseyJames Zogby’s The Tumultuous Decade: Arab Public Opinion and the Upheavals of 2010–2019 (Steuben Press, 2020) takes the reader on a decade-long tour of the Middle East as the region reverberates from popular revolts…
 
In this episode of Radio Drama Revival, join host Ely as they talk with Rye Dorsey and Zachary Goldberg, the creators of Childish, about everything from racism and satire to their own wild times as college RAs. Like what you heard? You can find more of Childish on their website at: [https://www.whalebus.net/childish-episodes] (https://www.whalebus.…
 
The decision by the UAE to establish diplomatic relations with Israel keeps a negotiated solution with Palestine on life support. There is no indication that forging relations with Israel will be more successful in nudging the Jewish state towards peace with Palestine on mutually acceptable terms than the failed formula of offering Arab recognition…
 
Have you ever been so inspired by someone that you want to walk in their shoes, experience what they experienced to get a taste of their success? That's how protagonist Dante feels about Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, in Whale Bus's limited series musical Childish. Join us for this showcase; you won't want to miss it. Like what you heard? You…
 
A rift between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia throws into sharp relief deepening fissures in the Muslim world. Coupled with the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, and a myriad of other conflicts in the Middle East, the dispute poses serious challenges to Saudi Arabia’s quest for geopolitical and religious …
 
Rare polling of public opinion in Saudi Arabia suggests that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be more sensitive to domestic public opinion on foreign policy issues such as Palestine than he lets on. The polling also indicates that a substantial number of Saudis is empathetic to protest as a vehicle for political change.…
 
This week, we have something special for you. Host Emeritus Fred Greenhalgh presents the graduating class of his free online audio drama training course, “So You Wanna Make Audio Drama?” in partnership with the amazing folks over at Bondfire Radio (https://bondfireradio.com/). About Radio Drama Revival: Learn more about how to support Radio Drama R…
 
Unfettered Chinese support for Saudi Arabia’s so far peaceful nuclear energy program risks fueling a burgeoning Middle East arms race amid concerns that the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement is all but dead, Turkey suggesting it has the right to develop nuclear weapons, and Israel certain to not remain idle if nuclear proliferation becomes the name of…
 
An agreement to establish diplomatic relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel and a Saudi-Pakistani spat over Kashmir coupled with feuds among Gulf states and between Turkey, the kingdom, and the Emirates drive nails into the notion that the Arab and Islamic world by definition share common geopolitical interests on the basis of ethnic…
 
China and Saudi Arabia are engaged in a complex game of shadow boxing to shape a future security framework for the Gulf designed to contain regional conflicts. In a bid to ensure plausible deniability, the boxers are for now intellectuals and journalists rather than officials.By James M. Dorsey
 
DANYEL REICHE AND TAMIR SOREKSport, Politics, and Society in the Middle EastOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2019July 29, 2020 James M. DorseySports scholars Danyel Reiche and Tamir Sorek’s edited volume, Sport, Politics, and Society in the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2019), makes a significant contribution to what remains a largely understudied, …
 
Saudi support of religious ultra-conservatism in Indonesia contradicts Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s promotion of an undefined form of moderate Islam intended to project his kingdom as tolerant, innovative, and forward-looking. It also suggests that Saudi Arabia is willing to work with the Muslim Brotherhood despite its denunciation of the gro…
 
China is contemplating greater political engagement in the Middle East in what would constitute a break with its longstanding effort to avoid being sucked into the region’s myriad conflicts and a bid to counter mounting US pressure to force Gulf states to curtail relations with the People’s Republic.…
 
Gulf scholar Sigurd Neubauer’s The Gulf Region and Israel: Old Struggles, New Alliances makes a significant contribution to our understanding of what drives shifting alliances in the Middle East, an ever more volatile part of the world.Shunned by Arab states for much of its existence, Israel has become in recent years a key factor in efforts by Gul…
 
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