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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

A Europe in Disarray Forces Iran and Turkey to Seek New Partners. Enter China By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 21, 2020

The surprise announcement in July that Iran was negotiating a wide-ranging, 25-year bilateral deal with China has rumbled through the capitals of the Middle East and the West for two months now. So vital does Iran consider this deal for its future strategy that no amount of domestic politics could undermine it. In fact, the … Continue reading “A Europe in Disarray Forces Iran and Turkey to Seek New Partners. Enter China”

Macron’s ‘Savior Complex’ Is Not Helping France’s Former Colonies By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 24, 2020

As always, tone is everything. “France will never let Lebanon go,” said French President Emmanuel Macron as he toured a devastated Beirut earlier this month, following the massive blast at the city’s port. Those he was speaking to – a distraught crowd traumatized by an astonishing accident – heard it as the reassurance of a … Continue reading “Macron’s ‘Savior Complex’ Is Not Helping France’s Former Colonies”

Jihadis Could Soon Claim their First Victory in West Africa By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 9, 2020

Of all the enormous challenges facing the president of Mali, few could have foreseen that the one that would bring him to the brink of resignation half-way through his second term would be the technicalities of reforming the constitutional court. Worse, it could end up handing the country over to Islamist extremists. Mali has entered … Continue reading “Jihadis Could Soon Claim their First Victory in West Africa”

Divisions Over Libya Are Now Spreading Across the Mediterranean By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 27, 2020

In capital cities across the Middle East and Europe, politicians are taking aim at Turkey’s involvement in Libya – and yet all have so far avoided speaking its name. On July 20, in an extraordinary decision, the Egyptian parliament voted unanimously to authorize sending troops abroad, without either mentioning Libya or Turkey. Two days earlier, … Continue reading “Divisions Over Libya Are Now Spreading Across the Mediterranean”