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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

Turkey’s President Doesn’t Fear a Political Challenge from the Left – He Fears the War to the South By Faisal Al Yafai - May 3, 2018

The extraordinary success of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as a politician is rooted at least in part in his ability to surprise his opponents. For months, ever since a referendum last year agreed a transition from a prime ministerial system to a presidential one, his opponents have expected him to spring an early election on them. … Continue reading “Turkey’s President Doesn’t Fear a Political Challenge from the Left – He Fears the War to the South”

Moscow’s Bargain Basement Syria Strategy By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 26, 2018

In the days before the coalition strike on targets in Syria, Donald Trump engaged in what a Kremlin spokesman dismissively called “Twitter diplomacy,” warning that a military response by the US was imminent. Russia’s reply, though expressed in drier language, was still fearsome, considering the military capabilities of both sides.   Valery Gerasimov, the chief … Continue reading “Moscow’s Bargain Basement Syria Strategy”

The Syrian War that Brought Russia and Turkey Together Is Also the Wedge that Could Drive Them Apart By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 9, 2018

Eight years after the first agreement between Russia and Turkey to build a nuclear power plant, the ground-breaking ceremony finally took place last week at Akkuyu, on the Mediterranean coast. As expected, it was a launch full of pomp, ceremony and expressions of friendship. As a statement of intent, the message of the launch was … Continue reading “The Syrian War that Brought Russia and Turkey Together Is Also the Wedge that Could Drive Them Apart”

The Expulsion of Russia’s Diplomats Will Bring Putin Closer to the Muslim World By Faisal Al Yafai - Apr 2, 2018

The Sochi Winter Olympics in February of 2014 were meant to be as much a celebration of Vladimir Putin’s Russia as they were of sporting prowess. Putin had returned to the presidency two years earlier and Sochi was meant to show the world a new Russia. Yet by the end of the following month, the … Continue reading “The Expulsion of Russia’s Diplomats Will Bring Putin Closer to the Muslim World”