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Abdulrahman al-Rashed

Abdulrahman al-Rashed is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. A veteran and internationally acclaimed journalist, he is a former editor-in-chief of the London-based leading Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat, where he still regularly writes a political column. He has also served as the editor of Asharq al-Awsat’s sister publication, al-Majalla. Throughout his career, Rashed has interviewed several world leaders, with his articles garnering worldwide recognition, and he has successfully led Al Arabiya to the highly regarded, thriving and influential position it is in today. He tweets @aalrashed.

18 May 2019 11:34 AM

The inevitable clash with Iran

All possibilities exist when we consider the prospect of a military clash with Iran. It might be widespread, or limited to a targeted response to the recent attacks — or it might not happen at all.

12 May 2019 12:39 PM

Are we really going to war with Iran?

War with the Iranian regime has seemed a real possibility many times in the past four decades, but never happened. So are the threats this time real or idle?

11 May 2019 11:33 PM

Zarif’s Dialogue: Who Conspires against the Other?

This is the third part of my discussion on the dialogue of Mohammed Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, which he had before an audience at the Asia Society in New York and during which he dealt with topics I found worthy of debate.

06 May 2019 12:48 PM

Zarif’s dialogue: Civilization and agreement

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who was in New York, led a media attack, and I found in his speech to the audience of the Asia Society something worth the debate that I began yesterday. It was about what he called the Saudi-Emirati-Israeli plot to start a war with Iran.

05 May 2019 03:14 PM

Iranian foreign minister’s magic act falls flat

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was in New York on the pretext of attending UN meetings, but used the opportunity to visit US media, intellectual and research institutions in an attempt to induce the elites there to agree with his country’s stance.

01 May 2019 03:30 PM

Ousting Islamist rulers an important development

Have we seen the end of Islamist rule? The mere thought of the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood in a major regional state such as Egypt provokes the most ominous specters.

24 April 2019 10:56 AM

Situations in Iraq, Sudan offer hope for regional peace

With the resurgence of revolutions in the region, is it possible that the transition to peace and the simultaneous extinguishing of fires will be achieved?

23 April 2019 10:02 AM

War against terror could last 100 years

The events of the Sri Lanka massacres have distressed us, even though they did not come as a surprise.

21 April 2019 12:27 AM

Qatar struggles as power shifts in the region

In recent weeks we have witnessed the fall of the regime of Omar Al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan for three decades, and the ousting of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Algerian president who was not actually ruling. Meanwhile, the political map in Libya is changing as well, with the Libyan National Army heading to the capital, Tripoli, and besieging it, determined to liberate it against the will of the government, which is merely a facade masking the extremist armed militias that control the city.

14 April 2019 11:28 PM

Is Bashir really out?

The impossible change in Sudan has happened, yet I find it difficult to judge events from faces and promises. My doubt could be exaggerated, but it stems from the reality that we see around us.

11 April 2019 12:33 PM

A new wave of revolutions without the Arab Spring spirit

If we assume that what is happening simultaneously in Libya, Algeria and Sudan represents a series of popular uprisings and a collective desire for political change, we would then assume that we are witnessing the second chapter of the Arab revolutions that erupted in 2011.

27 March 2019 11:21 AM

Fighting extremism more important than fighting terrorism

Declarations of victory are everywhere, and on the lips of everyone concerned with the war on terror in Syria. In my opinion, this is a temporary victory, and it is only a matter of time until another ISIS organization emerges.

20 March 2019 01:20 PM

The New Zealand massacre and the breakdown of society

All that the civilized world needs today is a little enticement through stirring up conflicts, reviving historical vendettas and twisting religious texts, to become a society of hyenas.

13 March 2019 11:01 AM

Iran wants to turn Iraq into another Lebanon

The visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Baghdad this week — his first since he took office six years ago — comes amid heavy pressure on the Iraqis exerted by the Tehran regime, which wants to use Iraq as an escape route away from American sanctions.

14 February 2019 02:56 PM

Iranian regime trapped and confused 40 years after the revolution

Who could believe that, 40 years after Iran’s revolution, chaos is still unremitting and its dangers continue to threaten the people of Iran, the countries of the region and the world?

17 January 2019 10:32 AM

Pompeo takes US anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Middle East tour brings to mind the sport of hurdling, as he tries to overcome obstacles while eyeing the last objective: Confronting Iran.

24 December 2018 10:24 PM

Erdogan’s rapprochement with Assad

Turkey’s silent rapprochement with the Syrian regime happened more than a year ago within a new policy in cooperation with Iran and via abandoning the Syrian opposition.

12 December 2018 10:44 PM

France and the crisis of democracy

France is the country of revolutions, and the street is once again reviving the controversy about the concept of the choice of governance by the majority, which is the pillar of the western governance system.