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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.

Americans Should Not Seek a World Without Rules. Just Ask the Middle East By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 26, 2018

Earlier this month, America’s new national security adviser, John Bolton, stood up in Washington and used his first major speech to attack an international institution that the United States isn’t even a part of. “We will not cooperate with the [International Criminal Court],” he said. “We will not join the ICC. For all intents and … Continue reading “Americans Should Not Seek a World Without Rules. Just Ask the Middle East”

ISIS’s Only Route Back to Relevance Among Its Supporters Is Through Attacks on the West By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 12, 2018

ISIS may have faded from the international stage, but its leader in hiding still has hopes of a resurgence. Squeezed by the armies of Iraq, Syria, the United States, Russia and several other nations, the vast territory the terror group once controlled has shrunk to a sliver in eastern Syria. But Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, who … Continue reading “ISIS’s Only Route Back to Relevance Among Its Supporters Is Through Attacks on the West”

For Many Families of the Syrian Disappeared, the Long Wait Is Only Just Beginning By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 5, 2018

The journey into the twilight world of the Syrian regime begins with a name; sometimes shouted out in the middle of the night by armed men, sometimes spoken calmly by an officer arriving unannounced at a workplace. Too often, it ends with a name too, starkly printed on a list of the dead. Between the … Continue reading “For Many Families of the Syrian Disappeared, the Long Wait Is Only Just Beginning”

The Double Hit of Iran Sanctions and the Turkish Financial Crisis Will Change Relationships Across the Middle East By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 22, 2018

In quick succession, the interconnected economies of the Middle East have been hit by two financial challenges. First, in early August, the Trump administration imposed a new set of US sanctions against Iran. Then, days later, the Turkish lira began to decline sharply, pushed by the imposition of US trade tariffs against Turkish goods. Taken … Continue reading “The Double Hit of Iran Sanctions and the Turkish Financial Crisis Will Change Relationships Across the Middle East”