Can soccer bring peace to conflict zones?

In episode 9, Liz and LauraEllen dive into an article which seeks to understand the degree to which soccer brings peace to conflict zones. The 2020 paper by Salma Mousa looks at an experiment in Iraq which uses soccer as a way to bring Christians and Muslims together. Liz and LauraEllen discuss this study and think about how we can use this model use soccer to bring peace to conflict.

Link to article: Building social cohesion between Christians and Muslims through soccer in post-ISIS Iraq

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Soccer (sok-er) verb: To play, support, or research the beautiful game. When we think analytically, we realize there are many ways we can all soccer better. We’re Liz and LauraEllen. We have way too many years of graduate education and we’re diving in to learn more about the analytical side of the beautiful game. Be sure to go follow us on twitter @BGNSoccerBetter.


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Can soccer bring peace to conflict zones?