Sport and international relations : Qatari soft power and foreign policy making

Other Title(s)

الرياضة و العلاقات الدولية : القوة الناعمة القطرية و صناعة السياسة

Author

al-Dusari, Nuf

Source

Tajseer : Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences

Issue

Vol. 3, Issue 2 (s) (31 Dec. 2021), pp.145-170, 26 p.

Publisher

Qatar University Press

Publication Date

2021-12-31

Country of Publication

Qatar

No. of Pages

26

Main Subjects

Sports Science

Abstract EN

Sport plays a significant role in politics and international relations.

However, the relationship between soft power and hosting a sports mega-event such as the Olympic Games, or the FIFA world cup is unclear.

Most literature that has examined the role of sport in Qatari soft power adheres to the Realist School of international relations theory.

It has tended to emphasize the size of the country in understanding what motivates its engagement in sports diplomacy.

This paper attempts to move beyond this realist analysis of soft power by drawing on the post-structuralistinterpretive approach and discourse theory.

This perspective better accounts for how sports diplomacy is used in different cultural contexts.

In arguing that Qatar represents particular cultural and historical traditions, and sports define the country’s distinct political identity, the paper looks at how Qatar has exercised soft power through sports diplomacy and hosting major international sports events.

The paper will analyze formal state discourses surrounding Qatar’s decision to host FIFA World Cup 2022, and we discuss how this use of sports diplomacy is helping achieve several Qatari foreign policy goals.

American Psychological Association (APA)

al-Dusari, Nuf. 2021. Sport and international relations : Qatari soft power and foreign policy making. Tajseer : Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences،Vol. 3, no. 2 (s), pp.145-170.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1343497

Modern Language Association (MLA)

al-Dusari, Nuf. Sport and international relations : Qatari soft power and foreign policy making. Tajseer : Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences Vol. 3, no. 2 (Special issue) (2021), pp.145-170.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1343497

American Medical Association (AMA)

al-Dusari, Nuf. Sport and international relations : Qatari soft power and foreign policy making. Tajseer : Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. 2021. Vol. 3, no. 2 (s), pp.145-170.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1343497

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes in-text citations

Record ID

BIM-1343497