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Faisal Al Yafai

Faisal Al Yafai is currently writing a book on the Middle East. He is also a frequent commentator on international TV networks such as CNN, the BBC and France 24. Al Yafai has been an investigative journalist for The Guardian, a documentary journalist for the BBC and a writer for other news outlets. He is also an essayists and playwright. Al Yafai has reported from across the Middle East, and from Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa. He served as a Churchill Fellow in Lebanon and Indonesia. He can be followed on Twitter @FaisalAlYafai.

Articles By Faisal Al Yafai

Russia and US Fail to Offer Middle East Allies a Grand Vision By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 22, 2022

As the war in Ukraine approaches the five month mark, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is keen to project the appearance of business as usual. Hence his arrival on Tuesday in Tehran for a meeting of – of all things – the Astana process, the still-stumbling-on dialogue between Russia, Turkey and Iran over the future of Syria. The real focus … Continue reading “Russia and US Fail to Offer Middle East Allies a Grand Vision”

Amid a Surging Far-Right, Can France Hold the Line Against Extremists? By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 24, 2022

France’s ultimate centrist is now a man squeezed in the middle. Unexpectedly, Emmanuel Macron lost his absolute majority in the French parliament, just weeks after being re-elected president. Instead, he will now have to govern, squeezed between a left-wing bloc led by Jean-Luc Melenchon, who challenged him for the presidency and came within a whisker of being the runner-up, … Continue reading “Amid a Surging Far-Right, Can France Hold the Line Against Extremists?”

The Rehabilitation of George W. Bush Is No Laughing Matter By Faisal Al Yafai - May 28, 2022

Oh, how the audience laughed. George W. Bush, America’s former worst president until the age of reality TV politics, was giving a speech last week in Texas when he reached the topic of the war in Ukraine. “Russian elections are rigged,” he told the audience. “Political opponents are imprisoned or otherwise eliminated from participating in the electoral … Continue reading “The Rehabilitation of George W. Bush Is No Laughing Matter”