An award-winning journalist and scholar, James M. Dorsey is a senior fellow at the Middle East Institute of the National University of Singapore and the author of the syndicated column and blog, The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer. James has covered ethnic and religious conflict with a focus on the Muslim world for more than four decades and has been based across the Middle East in 10 capitals.

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James is an award-winning journalist covering ethnic and religious conflict. He blogs using soccer as a lens on the Middle East and North Africa's fault lines