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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 Double Hit of Iran Sanctions and the Turkish Financial Crisis Will Change Relationships Across the Middle East By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 22, 2018

In quick succession, the interconnected economies of the Middle East have been hit by two financial challenges. First, in early August, the Trump administration imposed a new set of US sanctions against Iran. Then, days later, the Turkish lira began to decline sharply, pushed by the imposition of US trade tariffs against Turkish goods. Taken … Continue reading “The Double Hit of Iran Sanctions and the Turkish Financial Crisis Will Change Relationships Across the Middle East”

Syria Reconstruction Offers China Influence in the Middle East Without Firing a Shot By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 15, 2018

In the middle of July, Russia’s top military official, Valery Gerasimov, sent a letter to the US chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, America’s highest ranking soldier, with an offer. The Syrian regime, he wrote, lacked the necessary material, equipment and funding to rebuild the country, and without rebuilding it would not be able … Continue reading “Syria Reconstruction Offers China Influence in the Middle East Without Firing a Shot”

Peace in the Horn of Africa Will Also Bring Long-Term Benefits to the Middle East By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 8, 2018

In the summer of 2016, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, traveled to an African country to inaugurate the largest Turkish embassy in the world. Yet his destination of Mogadishu was puzzling, given that the internationally recognized territory of Somalia actually hosts two countries and two capital cities: the northern part of Somalia is home to … Continue reading “Peace in the Horn of Africa Will Also Bring Long-Term Benefits to the Middle East”

Hollywood’s Muslim Problem Is About People, Not Prejudices By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 1, 2018

Rarely has Hollywood made a film with an Arab actor in a leading role, but Disney’s 1992 musical “Aladdin” features, in a roundabout way, two. (Three if you count the Genie, although he’s a jinn and Arab mythology doesn’t ascribe ethnicity to the spirits.) Still, according to a new test created to expose the one-dimensional … Continue reading “Hollywood’s Muslim Problem Is About People, Not Prejudices”