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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

To Stay in Power, the Leaders of Iraq and Lebanon Should Turn to the Protestors By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 4, 2020

The protestors are back on the streets of Iraq, and a deposed prime minister is almost back in Beirut’s Government Palace. History repeated itself in Iraq and Lebanon in October, as protest movements in both countries re-emerged from a difficult summer as strong as before, and Lebanon’s Saad Hariri was named the new prime minister, … Continue reading “To Stay in Power, the Leaders of Iraq and Lebanon Should Turn to the Protestors”

France’s Macron Doesn’t Want an Islamic Reformation. He Wants to Be Re-Elected By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 19, 2020

Eighteen months before the French presidential election, the campaign has begun. Admirably demonstrating the back-to-work ethic he preached in June as the country’s lockdown restrictions were eased, Emmanuel Macron this month sounded the starting gun for the race with a shot across the bows of the Muslim community. Variously described as a “crackdown” or an … Continue reading “France’s Macron Doesn’t Want an Islamic Reformation. He Wants to Be Re-Elected”

Ideology or Opportunism? Why the Middle East’s Newest Proxy Battlefield is Libya By Faisal Al Yafai - Oct 4, 2020

A year ago, Turkey suddenly signed an important agreement with Libya’s internationally recognized government, a deal that pushed a simmering proxy war into the open. In the months since, both war and peace efforts have intensified: the militia of General Khalifa Haftar tried to take the capital city, while both Egypt and Italy publicly tried … Continue reading “Ideology or Opportunism? Why the Middle East’s Newest Proxy Battlefield is Libya”

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”