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"Qatar and the FIFA World Cup 2022: An Attempt to Gain Soft Power" with Danyel Reiche

A replica of the FIFA World Cup trophy in the Souq Waqif traditional market in Doha, Qatar.
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"Qatar and the FIFA World Cup 2022: An Attempt to Gain Soft Power" with Danyel Reiche

Seminar
Series: Ash Institute Democracy Seminar Series
Open to the Public - Kalb Seminar Room (Taubman 275)
October 6, 2014
4:30-6:00 p.m.

Related Projects: Middle East Initiative, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Description:

A seminar with Dr. Danyel Reiche, Associate Professor for Comparative Politics, American University of Beirut.

Dr. Reiche will discuss why the small Middle Eastern country Qatar is investing so heavily in the sport sector. The country is hosting prestigious sporting events such as the Asian Games, the handball and the football World Cup, promotes elite sport success by local and naturalized athletes and invests in famous sport clubs abroad. He will analyze how sport is used as a domestic policy tool, for example to develop a healthy society and to attract white-collar expats from abroad.† Sport is also used as a foreign policy tool to build relations with as many countries and people in the world as possible to gain soft power and for national security reasons.

About Danyel Reiche:

Dr. Danyel Reiche, Visiting Scholar at Harvard in the fall term, is associate professor for comparative politics at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and has also worked as visiting assistant professor at the School of Foreign Services, Georgetown University, in the U.S., and as Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Freie Universitšt Berlin in Germany. He is author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, most recently in European Sports Management Quarterly, International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics, Journal of Energy Policy, Sport in Society, Soccer & Society, and Third World Quarterly.

Contact:

Middle East Initiative
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
124 Mt. Auburn Street Suite 100 Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Kennedy School
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Email: middle_east_initiative@hks.harvard.edu
Phone: (617) 495-4087
Fax: (617) 496-9688