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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

Saif Al Islam Isn't Looking to Resurrect His Father’s Rule – He's Looking to Lay the Qaddafi Ghost to Rest By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 27, 2021

The sudden appearance of Saif Al Islam Qaddafi in a southern Libyan town submitting his candidacy papers for December’s presidential election has caused street protests in the country and a flurry of analysis abroad over whether Libyans could really vote for a return to the Qaddafi era. Certainly, his reappearance was astonishing – most Libyans … Continue reading “Saif Al Islam Isn't Looking to Resurrect His Father’s Rule – He's Looking to Lay the Qaddafi Ghost to Rest”

For Iraq’s Militias, Drones And Protests Are Just A Continuation Of Politics By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 14, 2021

The three drones that targeted the residence of the Iraqi prime minister on Sunday were sent to deliver a clear message to the heart of Baghdad’s state power: it is not through the ballot box alone that power is wielded in Iraq.   The prime minister was slightly injured by the explosion and remained defiant: we know … Continue reading “For Iraq’s Militias, Drones And Protests Are Just A Continuation Of Politics”

Rewriting Syria’s Constitution Has Failed. Time For Plan B By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 5, 2021

The U.N.’s special envoy for Syria scarcely needed to appear before reporters recently to call the latest round of negotiations on a new Syrian constitution “a big disappointment.” What else, barely five months after Bashar Assad won an election, could they be? The interminable talking shop that the process has become has rumbled on for … Continue reading “Rewriting Syria’s Constitution Has Failed. Time For Plan B”

France Finds Being a World Power Takes More than Words By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 3, 2021

The country’s leader is angry at how his allies have treated him. “We feel abandoned,” he fulminated in French to the UN General Assembly on September 25, furious that decisions were taken without consultation. But the French-speaking leader berating his allies wasn’t Emmanuel Macron angry at a new defense deal between Australia, Britain and the … Continue reading “France Finds Being a World Power Takes More than Words”

Al-Kadhimi’s Visit to Iran Seals His Role as the Middle East’s Middle Man By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 16, 2021

When Iraq’s prime minister last met Ebrahim Raisi in February, the cleric was the head of Iran’s judiciary and didn’t know whether he would be approved to run in June’s election. Now, Raisi is the president of Iran and it is Mustafa Al-Kadhimi whose political future is uncertain. The visit on September 12 by Al-Kadhimi … Continue reading “Al-Kadhimi’s Visit to Iran Seals His Role as the Middle East’s Middle Man”