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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.

Written By Faisal Al Yafai

Is ISIS Defeated? It Depends on Whether It Is a Terrorist Group or a Terrorist Idea By Faisal Al Yafai - Jan 6, 2019

In the mid-2000s, when the United States was heavily deployed in both Iraq and Afghanistan, the US administration was under repeated pressure domestically and internationally to declare when they would leave those countries. The Bush and later the Obama administrations hesitated to do so, knowing that the moment a timeline was set, their adversaries would … Continue reading “Is ISIS Defeated? It Depends on Whether It Is a Terrorist Group or a Terrorist Idea”

Chemical Weapons Debate Plays into Syria and Russia’s Hands By Faisal Al Yafai - Dec 18, 2018

Sometime in the late evening on the last Saturday of November, in the aftermath of shelling on the city, men, women and children in Aleppo began reporting symptoms of a chemical attack. The Syrian regime, which is in charge of the city, immediately blamed the rebels, who are in control just on the outskirts. Russia and … Continue reading “Chemical Weapons Debate Plays into Syria and Russia’s Hands”

A Year of Elections Shows the Middle East Is Not Immune to an Anti-Establishment Mood By Faisal Al Yafai - Dec 12, 2018

A year of Middle East elections is coming to an end. This has been something of a bumper year for democracy in the region, with elections in Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, which this week finally nominated a president and prime minister, and elections in Libya planned but postponed until next year. … Continue reading “A Year of Elections Shows the Middle East Is Not Immune to an Anti-Establishment Mood”