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Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Hussain Abdul-Hussain is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He focuses on the Gulf region and Yemen, including on Gulf relations with Iran and Israel. Born and raised in Beirut, Baghdad and Baalbek, Hussain earned a degree in history and archeology from the American University of Beirut, after which he worked as a reporter, and later managing editor, at Beirut’s The Daily Star. In Washington, Hussain helped set up and manage the Arabic satellite network Alhurra Iraq before heading the Washington bureau of Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai. Hussain has worked as a Visiting Fellow with London’s Chatham House, and has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post and appeared on CNN and MSNBC and is a frequent commentator on major Arabic satellite networks.

Articles By Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Iran Has Iraq’s Kurds in Its Crosshairs By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jul 8, 2022

After decimating Iraq’s Sunnis during years of political and military conquest, Iran and its Iraqi militias have now set their sights on Iraqi Kurdistan, harassing its government, targeting its energy facilities, and working to break and subdue the autonomous region – all while the United States is looking the other way. Iraq is currently the second largest OPEC oil producer and the fifth largest in the world, … Continue reading “Iran Has Iraq’s Kurds in Its Crosshairs”

Lebanon’s ‘Useless’ Election is Neither Free Nor Fair By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - May 14, 2022

It’s election season in Lebanon. Millions will head to the ballot box on May 15 to choose their parliamentarians, who will in turn elect a new president before October. International voting monitors are scheduled to observe election day and will likely report that the voting went smoothly. What they will miss, however, is the Hezbollah coercion that has occurred in the weeks and months leading up to … Continue reading “Lebanon’s ‘Useless’ Election is Neither Free Nor Fair”

Even When They Don’t Win, Iran’s Iraqi Loyalists Refuse to Lose By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Apr 6, 2022

Benefiting from a skewed Supreme Court interpretation of the Iraqi constitution, Iran’s loyalists this week once again prevented the Iraqi parliament from electing a president, thus violating a constitutional mandate that a presidential election be held within 30 days of electing a speaker, which happened in January. With parliament stalled, Iran and its tiny minority bloc are forcing Iraq’s parliamentary majority to choose … Continue reading “Even When They Don’t Win, Iran’s Iraqi Loyalists Refuse to Lose”

Abu Dhabi Attack Shows Talking to Iran is Futile By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jan 22, 2022

When the UAE held talks with the Iranian regime last month, things appeared to go as well as could be expected. National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed landed in Iran on December 6 and invited President Ebrahim Raisi to visit Abu Dhabi next month. But instead of returning the good will, Iran’s militia in Yemen, the Houthis, responded this week … Continue reading “Abu Dhabi Attack Shows Talking to Iran is Futile”

Iraq Election Drubbing Leaves Iran Scrambling to Save Its Militias By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jan 14, 2022

There was plenty of political drama when Iraq’s parliament held its first session this week since the October election. Amid the theatrics and walkouts, the meeting illustrated the magnitude of the defeat suffered by the parties loyal to the Iranian regime in the fourth election since the toppling of Saddam Hussein. The rejection of Tehran’s favored candidates has rendered its bloc in Iraq’s parliament … Continue reading “Iraq Election Drubbing Leaves Iran Scrambling to Save Its Militias”