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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

The Flow of Russian Arms into the Middle East Is Unstoppable By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 24, 2019

November 13 was a busy day in defense diplomacy. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote to Egypt’s defense minister, warning America’s closest Arab ally that it could face sanctions if it proceeded with its purchase of Russian warplanes. On the same day, Donald Trump met Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the White House, where the US president … Continue reading “The Flow of Russian Arms into the Middle East Is Unstoppable”

Syria’s Constitutional Committee Is in Session Again and this Time the Regime Looks Ready to Bargain By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 11, 2019

Twice in one week, the 150 members of the newly created Syrian Constitutional Committee walked into the United Nations offices in Geneva to begin their work. The optics were good: for the first time since the uprising began, rival sides faced each other to talk about constitutional reform. The history was less promising: the Council … Continue reading “Syria’s Constitutional Committee Is in Session Again and this Time the Regime Looks Ready to Bargain”

The Death of Al Baghdadi Won’t End the Violence but It Will Change the Jihadi Landscape of the Middle East By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 4, 2019

After the leader dies, the followers regroup. The killing of Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi has ushered in days, and possibly weeks, of media and political wrangling over the true story of the raid that killed him, and who ought to take credit for finally catching one of the world’s most wanted men. But away from … Continue reading “The Death of Al Baghdadi Won’t End the Violence but It Will Change the Jihadi Landscape of the Middle East”

Turkey’s Incursion into Syria Is Making the EU and Kurds Rethink Their Friends By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 21, 2019

As if there isn’t enough going on in northwestern Europe to dominate discussions among European Union members, the EU is now also having to reconsider relations in the southeast of the continent. In a matter of days, the map of northern Syria has changed swiftly and suddenly. In a brutal few days since US President … Continue reading “Turkey’s Incursion into Syria Is Making the EU and Kurds Rethink Their Friends”