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 Universität 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.