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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

West Africa Fails to Stem Growing Jihadist Insurgency By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 17, 2022

Quietly last week, the West African state of Togo extended a state of emergency for another six months. The country had declared a three-month state of emergency in the northern region in June after jihadists attacked a military outpost, killing soldiers. That attack was the first inside Togo since jihadists attacks began in the wider region in the mid-2010s. More … Continue reading “West Africa Fails to Stem Growing Jihadist Insurgency”

Macron Offers Algerians Multiple Versions of the Truth By Faisal Al Yafai - Sep 4, 2022

France’s president Emmanuel Macron is fond of grandiose language. After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, he declared Europe had entered a new era. After he became president, he declared a new era in Franco-African relations with the country’s former colonies. And in Algeria last week, he declared another new era, one with an “irreversible dynamic of … Continue reading “Macron Offers Algerians Multiple Versions of the Truth”

In Trying to Stop Kurdish Militias, Turkey May Abandon a Syria Plan Years in the Making By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 20, 2022

Although the war in Syria has fallen away from the front pages, the conflict continues to simmer. So too does the endless diplomacy as the myriad groups and countries involved seek to extract deals that prioritize their national goals. In the midst of so much shifting sand, it is little wonder that rumors and comments spread like … Continue reading “In Trying to Stop Kurdish Militias, Turkey May Abandon a Syria Plan Years in the Making”

Russia’s War Shifts its Battleground to Africa By Faisal Al Yafai - Aug 7, 2022

As the war in Ukraine enters its sixth month, with no signs of the conflict ending any time this year, the diplomatic war for hearts and minds has shifted to the African continent. At the end of last month Russia’s foreign minister toured four African countries, followed swiftly by Emmanuel Macron last week, who visited three. Two US officials are due in the coming … Continue reading “Russia’s War Shifts its Battleground to Africa”

Russia and US Fail to Offer Middle East Allies a Grand Vision By Faisal Al Yafai - Jul 22, 2022

As the war in Ukraine approaches the five month mark, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin is keen to project the appearance of business as usual. Hence his arrival on Tuesday in Tehran for a meeting of – of all things – the Astana process, the still-stumbling-on dialogue between Russia, Turkey and Iran over the future of Syria. The real focus … Continue reading “Russia and US Fail to Offer Middle East Allies a Grand Vision”