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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

Germany Is Right to Be Wary of Turkish Schools – But Not for the Reasons You’d Think By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 17, 2020

In a country with more than 30,000 schools, the opening of three more should hardly be a cause for concern. But the announcement last month that the German government was formulating a legal framework for the opening of three Turkish schools in the country provoked a minor political firestorm and a lot of cultural soul-searching. … Continue reading “Germany Is Right to Be Wary of Turkish Schools – But Not for the Reasons You’d Think”

A Misunderstood France Finds Itself Increasingly Alone in the Sahel By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 31, 2020

After the build-up, America’s answer was almost a Gallic shrug. For weeks, ever since French President Emmanuel Macron gathered the leaders of five West African countries to present a united front over the spiraling war in the Sahel, France has been warning publicly about the dangers of the US pulling out its troops from the … Continue reading “A Misunderstood France Finds Itself Increasingly Alone in the Sahel”

European Rivalry Has Pushed the Continent to the Margins in Libya By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 28, 2020

The final communique of the Berlin summit on the future of Libya was long, but most observers were looking for a single word: “ceasefire.” It was there, but not as a declaration, only as a pledge that the parties would work toward one. Still, the summit was a diplomatic victory, of sorts. Berlin had managed … Continue reading “European Rivalry Has Pushed the Continent to the Margins in Libya”

The Real War Between Iran and America Will Be Fought on Proxy Battlefields By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 20, 2020

Despite apocalyptic warnings about Iran and the United States stumbling into a new war, the response to America’s killing of Qassem Soleimani was, when it came, rather muted: a dozen ballistic missiles slammed into US bases in western and northern Iraq, causing no casualties, followed by an eerie political silence. The brief skirmish was over … Continue reading “The Real War Between Iran and America Will Be Fought on Proxy Battlefields”