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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

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”

With the Taliban in Control of Afghanistan, a Grubby Search for Allies Begins By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 2, 2021

The Americans have finally left Afghanistan and a new era for the country under the Taliban has begun. Even historians of Afghanistan’s brutal civil war must be surprised, however, at quite how similar it appears to be to the past, and the speed with which names from the 1990s have reappeared. Here is Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, … Continue reading “With the Taliban in Control of Afghanistan, a Grubby Search for Allies Begins”

Fall of Kabul: Comparisons with Saigon Are Wrong; Afghanistan Won’t Have a Future Like Vietnam By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 24, 2021

The exit of a superpower. The abandonment of allies. A scramble to the helicopters as gunfire erupted over frightened crowds. The fall of Kabul on August 15 certainly looks a lot like the fall of Saigon, 46 years ago. Yet there is one major difference between the two conflicts, the US’s two longest wars, and … Continue reading “Fall of Kabul: Comparisons with Saigon Are Wrong; Afghanistan Won’t Have a Future Like Vietnam”

Biden’s ‘Building Back Boring’ Leaves Little Time for Arab Allies By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 8, 2021

Reading the tealeaves of a new American administration is something of a pastime for Middle East watchers. For the leaders in Middle East capitals, it is more like a full-time job. Who the American president chooses to call or meet first can often reveal something of his intentions for the next four years. Sometimes, the … Continue reading “Biden’s ‘Building Back Boring’ Leaves Little Time for Arab Allies”