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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 EU Has Learnt Nothing From Past Mistakes on Libya By Faisal Al Yafai - Feb 24, 2020

The international community is suddenly getting serious about Libya. Since the Berlin summit in mid-January gathered together the main players in what is rapidly descending into a civil war, there has been a flurry of international activity, designed primarily to overcome internal European objections, present a united front and regain the initiative from Turkey, Russia … Continue reading “The EU Has Learnt Nothing From Past Mistakes on Libya”

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”