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Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Hussain Abdul-Hussain is the Washington bureau chief of Kuwaiti daily Al-Rai and a former visiting fellow at Chatham House in London. Previously, he helped launch and manage the Iraqi stream of the Arabic TV network Alhurra. Before relocating to Washington, Abdul-Hussain worked as a reporter, and later as managing editor, for Lebanon’s The Daily Star. He has reported from conflict zones on the border between Lebanon and Israel, and from Baghdad shortly after the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime. Abdul-Hussain has also contributed articles to US newspapers, including The New York Times and the Washington Post, and appeared on American TV news networks such as CNN and MSNBC. In addition, he is a frequent commentator on Arabic satellite TV networks.

Any Economic Plan for Lebanon is Doomed to Fail Until the Country Reduces Hezbollah’s Influence By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jul 10, 2018

The management consultancy, McKinsey, has delivered a five-year economic plan for Lebanon to the government. The blueprint is expected to form the basis of the platform of Saad Hariri’s upcoming cabinet. Though details are still under wraps, word has it that the plan recommends cutting Lebanon’s public-sector expenditures to 15 percent from the current 40 … Continue reading “Any Economic Plan for Lebanon is Doomed to Fail Until the Country Reduces Hezbollah’s Influence”

Russia and Iran Contest for Power in Syria through Hezbollah and Shia Clan Proxies By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jul 4, 2018

In Syria, tension is on the rise between militias loyal to Russia and those faithful to Iran, amid signs that Moscow and Tehran are racing to recruit local clans. Last month, members of the small Hezbollah-aligned Lebanese clan of Al Jamal shot dead a fighter of the Russian-aligned Jaafar clan on the Syria side of … Continue reading “Russia and Iran Contest for Power in Syria through Hezbollah and Shia Clan Proxies”

Trump’s Nuclear Deal with North Korea Is a Lot Less Complicated than Trying to Denuclearize Iran By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jun 14, 2018

America’s most unpredictable president has just pulled a rabbit out of his diplomatic hat. In less than six months, Donald Trump switched from threatening North Korea with “fire and fury” to actually meeting Kim Jong-un and praising him. And while the two announced yet another beginning of North Korea’s “denuclearization process,” other countries with similar … Continue reading “Trump’s Nuclear Deal with North Korea Is a Lot Less Complicated than Trying to Denuclearize Iran”

Why Al Assad Prefers the Russia-Iran Status Quo in Syria By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jun 3, 2018

When the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that “all foreign troops must leave Syria,” an editorial in an Iranian newspaper fired back saying that “according to Moscow, all foreign troops must leave Syria, except Russian forces.” For some time now, the Russian and Iranian media have been trading jabs, indicating that the gap between … Continue reading “Why Al Assad Prefers the Russia-Iran Status Quo in Syria”

As Lebanon Forms its New Government, Hezbollah Seeks to Strengthen its Influence By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - May 28, 2018

If we were to adapt Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity to the Lebanese elections, it would read like this: Insanity is electing the same politicians over and over again, but expecting different results. As dust from Lebanon’s parliamentary election settles, Michel Aoun is still president, Nabil Berri has been reelected to his sixth consecutive term … Continue reading “As Lebanon Forms its New Government, Hezbollah Seeks to Strengthen its Influence”