In the midst of profound global challenges and the re-emergence of geopolitics, sport is increasingly being utilised by governments, policy makers, businesses and others to achieve a multiplicity of goals. This includes using sport to build diplomatic relationships, enhance soft power, ease international tensions, and strengthen strategic position.

A growing symbiotic relationship of sport, global networks and geopolitics is increasingly evident. Qatar’s staging of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, China’s policy of stadium diplomacy in Africa, investments by sovereign wealth funds in sport, and the use of sports sponsorship programmes by national airlines are some of the many examples highlighting the significance of geopolitics and sport.

IRIS and emlyon business school collaborate on publishing timely, value-adding content that provides intelligent, informed analyses of contemporary issues in geopolitics and sport.

This platform will publish short articles, interviews, policy papers, podcasts and webinaire, all linked with sport and geopolitics.
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The IOC Won’t Take a Knee: On the Rule 50, Protest Politics and (A)political Games
Manchester City vs PSG: A Geopolitical Game?
Interview with Raphaël Le Magoariec, PhD candidate, geopolitologist within the Arab and Mediterranean World Team (EMAM) at the University of Tours. Conducted by Carole Gomez, Senior Research Fellow
FC Barcelona, from Global to Local. Challenges Ahead?
Interview with Xavier Ginesta, Lecturer in Sport Marketing and Communication at the University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia (UVic-UCC), led by Professor Simon Chadwick from emlyon business school
Globalised Sport: The Challenges of Governance
by Estelle E. Brun, Research Associate at IRIS
Soft Power Songs: PSG, Rap and the State of Qatar
By Professor Simon Chadwick, Professor and Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon, and Dr Paul Widdop, Associate Professor of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University
Qatar and the FIFA World Cup 2022: Why is the event controversial?
Interview with Danyel Reiche, Visiting Associate Professor at Georgetown University Qatar, led by Professor Simon Chadwick from emlyon business school
Dubai Tennis Championships: Where Sports & Politics Collide
A Baseline Media video in partnership with GeoSport. Tennis in Dubai has risen almost as quickly as the skyscrapers that characterise this city state. Indeed, the sport has become inevitably and inextricably linked with business, politics and socio-cultural developments. Yet some question the motives underpinning Dubai's investment in sport and what this means for tennis. In this film, Simon Chadwick examines who and what is being served-up by the world's biggest racquet sport.
Sport-Tech Diplomacy: The Case of Israel
By Dr. Yoav Dubinsky, Instructor of Sports Business in the Lundquist College of Business at the University of Oregon
As Cold as Ice: about the Relationship between Sport, Human Rights and Economic Considerations in Belarus
By Anton Klischewski, founder of the Project PRESFUL, Sports & Sustainability Consultant for the initiative ‘Sport Trades Fair’ and the Berlin-based football club ‘FC Internationale 1980’
China’s Championing of Football makes State led U-Turn for home
By Prof. Simon Chadwick, Professor and Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon
Senior Research Fellow at IRIS
Carole Gomez
Professor & Director of Eurasian Sport at EMlyon
Simon Chadwick
Research Associate at IRIS
Estelle Brun
Associate Professor of Sport at Manchester Metropolitan University
Paul Widdop
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