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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

The Syrian War that Brought Russia and Turkey Together Is Also the Wedge that Could Drive Them Apart By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 9, 2018

Eight years after the first agreement between Russia and Turkey to build a nuclear power plant, the ground-breaking ceremony finally took place last week at Akkuyu, on the Mediterranean coast. As expected, it was a launch full of pomp, ceremony and expressions of friendship. As a statement of intent, the message of the launch was … Continue reading “The Syrian War that Brought Russia and Turkey Together Is Also the Wedge that Could Drive Them Apart”

The Expulsion of Russia’s Diplomats Will Bring Putin Closer to the Muslim World By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 2, 2018

The Sochi Winter Olympics in February of 2014 were meant to be as much a celebration of Vladimir Putin’s Russia as they were of sporting prowess. Putin had returned to the presidency two years earlier and Sochi was meant to show the world a new Russia. Yet by the end of the following month, the … Continue reading “The Expulsion of Russia’s Diplomats Will Bring Putin Closer to the Muslim World”

Technology Won’t Stop Self-Driving Cars Coming to the Gulf. But Morality Might By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 26, 2018

When Google Glass debuted in 2012, it was hyped as the first step toward a hands-free future of easily accessible information. But within three years, Google had shelved the product. What killed Google Glass was not technology, but morality. The public hated the idea of being filmed without their knowledge. And countries like the Gulf … Continue reading “Technology Won’t Stop Self-Driving Cars Coming to the Gulf. But Morality Might”

The Gulf Faces Competition with a Post-Brexit UK Over an Unexpected and Valuable Resource: Foreign Workers By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 18, 2018

When Saudi Arabia’s crown prince landed in London earlier this month, the focus of his visit was the potential for new trade and investment after Britain leaves the European Union. The same has been true of other Gulf states since the Brexit vote in 2016; the Gulf is keen to strike a free-trade deal with … Continue reading “The Gulf Faces Competition with a Post-Brexit UK Over an Unexpected and Valuable Resource: Foreign Workers”

The Architect of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Shock Therapy’ Introduces Himself to the West By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 12, 2018

As always with visits of world leaders, the real work is done behind the scenes. Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was in London last week and will be in Washington for four days next week. In London, of course, there were smiles for the cameras in Downing Street with the British prime minister. But the real … Continue reading “The Architect of Saudi Arabia’s ‘Shock Therapy’ Introduces Himself to the West”