New article by Professor Salar Abdoh in “The Atlantic”

Soccer Diplomacy Comes to the Middle East

Iran is rehabilitating the image of a once bitter adversary, Saudi Arabia, in public life.
by Salar Abdoh and Reza Ghobeishavi


On the night of September 1, 2023, a Saudi Pro League soccer game was broadcast directly into Iranian homes. Less than a year ago, such a broadcast would have been unthinkable. Iran and Saudi Arabia were sworn adversaries whose football teams could not even play each other except on neutral turf.

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