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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 Divided EU and a Divided Arab League Put on a Fragile Show of Unity By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 4, 2019

Opening the first Arab League-European Union summit in Egypt, president Abdel Fattah El Sisi told leaders of more than 40 countries that “what bring together the two regions, Arab and European, exceeds immeasurably what divides them.” On that, certainly, he is right. There are immense shared tensions: protests just this week on the streets of … Continue reading “A Divided EU and a Divided Arab League Put on a Fragile Show of Unity”

What the Iranian Foreign Minister’s Sudden Resignation Means for the European Union By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 4, 2019

At the Munich security conference in mid-February, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Zarif, took to the stage to give an impassioned plea for the European Union to do more to save the Iran nuclear deal. Public patience in Iran, he noted, was fading. If the European Union was really interested in saving the deal, it would … Continue reading “What the Iranian Foreign Minister’s Sudden Resignation Means for the European Union”

ISIS’s Foreign Fighters from Europe Are Europe’s Responsibility By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 27, 2019

For at least four years now, since the self-declared caliphate of ISIS began to unravel, governments around the world have begun to reckon with the consequences of returnees. ISIS managed to attract tens of thousands of fighters from maybe 90 countries, and over the years thousands have attempted to return home: some were disillusioned with … Continue reading “ISIS’s Foreign Fighters from Europe Are Europe’s Responsibility”

The Finish Line for Bouteflika Is the Starting Gun for a New Algerian Politics By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 21, 2019

The Zayyanid dynasty were the last Algerian rulers before Ottoman rule, and the last independent state on Algerian territory before the modern era. During the convoluted Mediterranean wars of the 16th century, the Zayyanids gradually had their territory dispossessed by Tunisian, Spanish and Ottoman rulers. For most Algerians, such history is rarely remembered. But the … Continue reading “The Finish Line for Bouteflika Is the Starting Gun for a New Algerian Politics”