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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

Palestine’s Overdue Elections Are the Last Gasp of a Passing Generation By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 25, 2021

To some surprise – given that just weeks ago it seemed as if a rapprochement between Palestine’s rival factions was off the table – the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, just announced that elections would take place later this year. It has been 15 years since the last parliamentary election took place, and 16 years since … Continue reading “Palestine’s Overdue Elections Are the Last Gasp of a Passing Generation”

By Closing an Unhappy Chapter with Qatar, Saudi Arabia Hopes to Open a Better One with the US By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 7, 2021

Those not following the rumors coming out of the Gulf over the past few weeks might have been surprised at the sight that greeted them from Al Ula in western Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. Was that really Qatar’s Sheikh Tamim descending the steps of a plane to be embraced by Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed bin Salman? … Continue reading “By Closing an Unhappy Chapter with Qatar, Saudi Arabia Hopes to Open a Better One with the US”

Iran Looks Abroad to Stop Dissidents Inspiring Protestors at Home By Faisal Al Yafai - Dec 29, 2020

The hanging of Iranian journalist Ruhollah Zam continues to make waves among Iranian exiles in the United States and Europe. Part of the reason is the sheer audacity of the plot: Zam apparently was lured from exile in France, where he lived under police protection, to Iraq, from where he was kidnapped and smuggled to … Continue reading “Iran Looks Abroad to Stop Dissidents Inspiring Protestors at Home”

El-Sisi’s Visit to France Is the Main Act in a Long-Running Greek Drama Over Turkey By Faisal Al Yafai - Dec 13, 2020

For both leaders, the reason for their meeting had little to do with the esoteric debate they engaged in from the podium about religious values and human rights. Nor even the “shared interests” Macron touted at the press conference. They were concerned instead by the far more earthly topic of a solitary Turkish research vessel … Continue reading “El-Sisi’s Visit to France Is the Main Act in a Long-Running Greek Drama Over Turkey”

A Biden Presidency Will Open America’s Doors Wider to Refugees. But it Won’t Be Enough By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 29, 2020

With the transition to a Joe Biden presidency finally beginning in the United States, it is now possible to contemplate what changes a Biden administration might bring. One area where things will be completely different is on refugee admission, a policy that will have a direct impact on the migration crisis in the Middle East. … Continue reading “A Biden Presidency Will Open America’s Doors Wider to Refugees. But it Won’t Be Enough”