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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

Istanbul’s Crucial Vote Is Not Just About Electing a Mayor but Removing a Rival to Erdogan By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 20, 2019

Given the stakes, the debate was surprisingly cordial. Against a backdrop of images of Istanbul, the two candidates for the June 23 re-run of the city’s mayoral election held a three-hour televised debate on June 16, a rare occurrence in an electoral system more used to bombastic speeches. On one side was Ekrem Imamoglu, the … Continue reading “Istanbul’s Crucial Vote Is Not Just About Electing a Mayor but Removing a Rival to Erdogan”

Iraq’s Offer to Mediate Between the US and Iran Is a Matter of Survival, Not Diplomacy By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 16, 2019

It has been a month since four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates were attacked in an operation the UAE last week told the Security Council was a “sophisticated and coordinated operation.” Speaking at a closed session in New York, the UAE stopped short of blaming any particular country, saying only … Continue reading “Iraq’s Offer to Mediate Between the US and Iran Is a Matter of Survival, Not Diplomacy”

The Assad Regime Wants to Sabotage Turkish-Russian Relations and It’s Using Idlib To Do It  By Faisal Al Yafai - Jun 3, 2019

Conflict has returned to Idlib province. At the end of April, the Assad regime launched a series of attacks on targets across the besieged province, assisted by Russian fighter jets. The assault on Idlib is significant and serious; hundreds have been injured and dozens have died. Yet it is not on the scale imagined last … Continue reading “The Assad Regime Wants to Sabotage Turkish-Russian Relations and It’s Using Idlib To Do It “

Europe’s Plan for an International Tribunal to Try ISIS Fighters Is About Geography, Not Justice By Faisal Al Yafai - May 28, 2019

The caliphate may be gone, but the problem of the foot-soldiers of the caliphate endures. Locked in Iraqi and Syrian jails, these hardened fighters come from dozens of countries around the world, none of which wants them back. What is to be done about them? The Swedish government has a new proposal. Ahead of a summit … Continue reading “Europe’s Plan for an International Tribunal to Try ISIS Fighters Is About Geography, Not Justice”

New Zealand’s Call to Curb Terrorist Propaganda Puts Tech Companies on Notice that Change Is Coming By Faisal Al Yafai - May 21, 2019

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, landed in Paris this week with a simple message: the terror attack on Muslim worshippers in the city of Christchurch must be a catalyst for big tech companies to change. The attack in March, the worst in New Zealand’s history, was live-streamed on Facebook and images and videos of … Continue reading “New Zealand’s Call to Curb Terrorist Propaganda Puts Tech Companies on Notice that Change Is Coming”