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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.

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The Folly of Biden’s Foreign Policy By Dnyanesh Kamat - Jan 20, 2023

Despite US President Joe Biden’s affinity for the “rule-based international order” established after World War II, his foreign policy is hastening its demise. In fact, there’s an ever-widening gulf between his administration’s homilies on internationalism and its approach to defending it. Consider the evidence. Last October, the Biden administration announced a raft of export controls designed to curtail Chinese companies’ … Continue reading “The Folly of Biden’s Foreign Policy”

A Russia-Iran Trade Corridor to Nowhere By Nikola Mikovic - Jan 20, 2023

While Russia and Iran don’t always concur, their status as pariahs of the West has pushed them to work as an “axis of the sanctioned.” One way this has materialized is through the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a 7,200-kilometer network of road, rail, and shipping routes designed to move freight between India, Iran, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia, and Europe. Conceived in 2000 but never … Continue reading “A Russia-Iran Trade Corridor to Nowhere”

Get Ready for a New Wave of Resource Nationalism By Joseph Dana - Jan 9, 2023

Just as the supply chain crisis appears to be stabilizing, a new set of laws in southern Africa threatens one of the world’s essential commodities. Last month, Zimbabwe banned the export of raw lithium. The material is a vital part of batteries that power everything from smartphones to electric vehicles. Zimbabwe is home to the world’s sixth-largest … Continue reading “Get Ready for a New Wave of Resource Nationalism”