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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.

Articles By Hussain Abdul-Hussain

If Plans Work, Lebanon Will Get Gas from Egypt for Electricity. But It Will Be Syria that Wins By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Sep 10, 2021

While parties in Lebanon and the government of Syria celebrated a plan for pumping Egyptian gas to Lebanon, depicting it as a victory against their imperial enemies, first and foremost America, the plan was in fact American, designed as a “crisis management” measure to help mitigate the effects of a free-falling Lebanon. Controlled by a … Continue reading “If Plans Work, Lebanon Will Get Gas from Egypt for Electricity. But It Will Be Syria that Wins”

The Roots of Lebanon’s Failure: It Votes, But Is Not a Democracy  By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Aug 11, 2021

Lebanon is a failed state. Everything that can go wrong, has. And then the country repeats every mistake one more time. From the near evaporation of the national currency, to the shrinking of its economy, to serial corruption scandals, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the wrong people are in charge. But … Continue reading “The Roots of Lebanon’s Failure: It Votes, But Is Not a Democracy “

An Emerging Economic Model in the Middle East Transforms the Pursuit of Peace By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Jun 27, 2021

For Gulf nations, changing global energy demand means the need to diversify their economies is topmost in mind. Thus, when Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal Al-Ahmad of Kuwait met his counterpart from Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in Riyadh on June 1, it is likely the two discussed each other’s plans to reduce their … Continue reading “An Emerging Economic Model in the Middle East Transforms the Pursuit of Peace”

Iran’s ‘Resistance Economy’ Hasn’t Worked Before And It Won’t Work Now  By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Apr 4, 2021

Friends of the Iranian regime have been doubling their efforts to convince Joe Biden to return to the nuclear deal with Tehran. But their problem is not with the US president, who has said and done all the “right” things, like agreeing to ease conditions that forced South Korea and Iraq to freeze Iranian funds … Continue reading “Iran’s ‘Resistance Economy’ Hasn’t Worked Before And It Won’t Work Now “