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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

Five Years of Macron Have Made France a Country of Extremes By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 30, 2022

It may have looked easy, but it should have been much easier. Emmanuel Macron won a sizable 58 percent majority over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen in Sunday’s second round of voting. Yet in truth, the election was always his to lose. For the second time in five years, Macron’s pitch to the nation boiled down to, “Don’t let the extremists in.” As … Continue reading “Five Years of Macron Have Made France a Country of Extremes”

Vladimir Putin’s War is Helping Egypt’s Army By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 17, 2022

Seven weeks in, the Middle East continues to practice the art of neutrality over the war in Ukraine, unwilling to openly take sides in a conflict many do not consider to be their war. Yet the war is still affecting countries in the region, particularly those reliant on relations with or imports from Russia. None more so than Egypt, the Middle East’s … Continue reading “Vladimir Putin’s War is Helping Egypt’s Army”

Russia’s Attack On the Dollar Is More an Insurgency Than a War By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 5, 2022

Russia’s sudden war against Ukraine was swiftly followed by a series of sanctions from the United States and Europe that isolated and cast out Russia from the global financial system. It was a very public demonstration of the vast array of financial weaponry the West is able to wield. After weeks of this, President Vladimir Putin declared … Continue reading “Russia’s Attack On the Dollar Is More an Insurgency Than a War”

Middle Eastern Countries Hedge Their Bets on a War That Isn’t Theirs By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 21, 2022

When the United Nations gathered at the very start of March to issue a resolution against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the votes were overwhelmingly in favor. But in the days after, as the list of sanctions spearheaded by Washington were outlined, a stark divergence emerged between the West and the rest. Sanctions – the main punishment for … Continue reading “Middle Eastern Countries Hedge Their Bets on a War That Isn’t Theirs”

How Russia’s Role in Syria Prepared the Ground for War in Ukraine By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 6, 2022

A week into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the attempt to understand what is happening politically is still developing. Analysts grappling with how the status quo on the European continent was so rapidly and comprehensively overturned have looked to Syria, Russia’s last major military intervention, for clues. In doing so, they have consistently linked Moscow’s … Continue reading “How Russia’s Role in Syria Prepared the Ground for War in Ukraine”