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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

European and Middle East Countries Are Creating a Hostile Environment for Syrian Refugees By Faisal Al Yafai - May 5, 2019

In late April, reports emerged that Germany’s office for refugees had halted decisions on asylum for Syrian refugees. The reports raised concerns among migrant groups and in the Syrian diaspora that Germany was reassessing the security situation and may declare parts of the country “safe,” and therefore deny asylum claims on that basis. A small … Continue reading “European and Middle East Countries Are Creating a Hostile Environment for Syrian Refugees”

The ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Is Heading West; Quietly, Europe Is Trying to Stop It By Faisal Al Yafai - May 5, 2019

When ISIS’s self-styled “caliph,” Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, reappeared last week in his first video message in five years, most observers focused on his attempt to rally what remains of his largely defeated group. Less attention was paid to an almost throwaway reference to two pledges of allegiance to the group from jihadi militias in … Continue reading “The ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Is Heading West; Quietly, Europe Is Trying to Stop It”

The Biggest Loser from the US’s Missile Defense Spat with Turkey will be the European Union By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 30, 2019

The hot war of words between Ankara and Washington over Turkey’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system shows no signs of cooling. This month, Washington made its most serious threat yet, as Vice-President Mike Pence warned that Turkey “must choose” between the weapons system and its membership of the Nato alliance. On the … Continue reading “The Biggest Loser from the US’s Missile Defense Spat with Turkey will be the European Union”

In Algeria and Tunisia, Will the Old Guard Make Way for a New Generation? By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 21, 2019

In the space of a few days, the presidents of two North African neighbors have decided to step aside and hand power on to a new generation. On April 3, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the man who has run Algeria for two decades, finally resigned the presidency. In Tunisia, the weekend after Bouteflika stepped aside, the 92-year-old president Beji … Continue reading “In Algeria and Tunisia, Will the Old Guard Make Way for a New Generation?”

For the Kurds, Election Losses in Turkey Reflect a Changing Political Landscape By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 7, 2019

For Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party, the loss of the capital Ankara in local elections was a shocking blow. But on the other side of the country, the party delivered its own surprise victories, winning several major Kurdish-majority provinces. The party of the president, Recep Tayyip Erodgan, was hardly expected to win across the … Continue reading “For the Kurds, Election Losses in Turkey Reflect a Changing Political Landscape”