Qatar Crisis Leads to Trouble in Sports

December 01, 2017

The FIFA World Cup is not the only problem when it comes to the Qatar crisis. The Gulf crisis is the least of Qatar’s problems when it comes to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Beyond the fact that other Gulf states have sought to discredit Qatar as a host long before the diplomatic and boycott was...

Blatter Helps AFC to Keep its Skeletons in the Closet

June 01, 2015

Amid FIFA corruption allegations, the Asian Football Confederation has ensured its own skeletons remain under lock and key. Embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter has spun the world soccer body’s crisis as a public relations and reputation management issue, and a problem caused by individuals...

Will FIFA Finally Elect a New President?

January 08, 2015

A Jordanian prince has stepped up to challenge four-time FIFA President Sepp Blatter. Who will emerge victorious? The announcement by FIFA Vice President Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein that he will challenge the world soccer body’s four-time president, Sepp Blatter, in elections later this year has...

World Cup Corruption: What Now for Qatar?

June 03, 2014

Revelations over vote-buying could thwart Qatar’s hopes of using the World Cup as a tool for soft power. A disclosure by The Sunday Times of millions of documents allegedly revealing Qatari vote-buying for World Cup hosting rights could shake the Gulf. The revelations might affect the...

Deepening Crises Breed Local Support for Ansar al-Sharia: Part 1

July 02, 2012

This article addresses the deteriorating economic conditions in urban and rural areas of Yemen, which have led to increased local support for Ansar al-Sharia, an Islamist militant group with apparent ties to al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. This is the first of two parts. Yemen’s...