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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

After the Pandemic: The Middle East Embraces Technology It Previously Worried Over By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 19, 2020

Middle East governments long have had a complicated relationship with technology, and in particular with Western tech companies. Deeply interested in innovation but unwilling to relinquish control, governments from the Gulf to the Maghreb have at various times taken steps to limit the use of common applications like Skype, Viber and WhatsApp. As with so … Continue reading “After the Pandemic: The Middle East Embraces Technology It Previously Worried Over”

After the Pandemic: The Fraying of The Middle East’s Most Valuable Resource — Its Social Bonds By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 30, 2020

The coronavirus storm is coming to the Middle East. Since it has already passed through several countries, the impact is predictable, if incalculable: empty streets, widespread economic damage and thousands of deaths. However, there will also come another crisis, one that will unfold hidden away behind closed doors: the gradual fraying of bonds of family and friendship. … Continue reading “After the Pandemic: The Fraying of The Middle East’s Most Valuable Resource — Its Social Bonds”

Covid-19 Has Overturned Assumptions About Western Societies; It May Do the Same in the Middle East By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 19, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is an extraordinary event, unprecedented in scale and reach, and with previously unimaginable political measures taken, especially in Europe, which is now the epicenter of the pandemic. So far-reaching have some of those political measures been that they have overturned some fundamental assumptions about Western societies. As the virus continues to spread … Continue reading “Covid-19 Has Overturned Assumptions About Western Societies; It May Do the Same in the Middle East”

In China, the Middle East and Beyond, Coronavirus Is Thawing Cold Diplomatic Relations By Faisal Al Yafai - Mar 15, 2020

In North Korea, it took the form of a letter; in Japan, a poem; in Canada, boxes of face masks; and in the UAE, a plane load of medical supplies. As the coronavirus, or Covid-19, outbreak spreads rapidly beyond borders, a diplomatic thaw is opening up between countries with tense relations. When donated masks from … Continue reading “In China, the Middle East and Beyond, Coronavirus Is Thawing Cold Diplomatic Relations”