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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

In Lebanon, a ‘Spy Case’ that Demonstrates Why Sectarian Politics Must End By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Mar 20, 2018

In what had seemed like a counterespionage breakthrough for Lebanon, its State Security office in November arrested an actor named Ziad Itani and charged him for spying for Israel. Officials then leaked “damning” evidence against Itani and claimed that he confessed. But a judge later found the State Security agency’s allegations unprovable, and transferred the … Continue reading “In Lebanon, a ‘Spy Case’ that Demonstrates Why Sectarian Politics Must End”

How Should Middle East Steel and Aluminum Producers React to Trump’s Tariffs? Do Nothing By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Mar 14, 2018

While campaigning for the presidency two years ago, Donald Trump promised voters he would grow America’s GDP by four percent a year. The problem is, the various parts of his economic plans never quite added up. As the sitting president today, Trump bragged before world leaders at Davos about the “biggest” tax cut in US … Continue reading “How Should Middle East Steel and Aluminum Producers React to Trump’s Tariffs? Do Nothing”

Democracy has Never Worked in Lebanon. But it Needs to if the Country Is to Prosper By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Mar 8, 2018

Lebanon has never been a democracy. The problem is, the Lebanese don’t know it and actually think that because they hold sporadic elections that they choose their leaders. A proper understanding of the constant political flux of Lebanon can make the perennial state of crisis in the country a little less confusing, if not necessarily … Continue reading “Democracy has Never Worked in Lebanon. But it Needs to if the Country Is to Prosper”

No Change Under Trump in US Policy on the Middle East By Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Mar 1, 2018

When it comes to US foreign policy, President Donald Trump seems to believe that all politics is local. Maybe because the president has been focused on reelection since his first day in office, his interest in the Middle East has been a function of winning over Jewish-American votes and funds for 2020. Everything else, Trump … Continue reading “No Change Under Trump in US Policy on the Middle East”