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Hafed Al-Ghwell

Hafed Al-Ghwell is a non-resident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Institute at the John Hopkins University School of Advance International Studies. He is also senior adviser at the international economic consultancy Maxwell Stamp and at the geopolitical risk advisory firm Oxford Analytica, a member of the Strategic Advisory Solutions International Group in Washington DC and a former adviser to the board of the World Bank Group.

01 November 2020 01:39 PM

Everywhere Iraqis turn, there is darkness

Iraq is in a tragically dark place. The pandemic ravages what is left of a tattered economy while armed militias gun down critics and rivals

07 June 2020 03:00 PM

Venezuela is the latest pawn in Iran’s malign game

Iran has escalated its activities in the western hemisphere, with commercial jets ferrying military personnel and hardware in and Venezuelan

12 January 2020 02:37 PM

Iraqis pay the price for US-Iran confrontation

The intense and bitter 40-year rivalry between the US and Iran has grown beyond settling pre-1979 scores into a contest to decide who will

14 October 2019 09:03 PM

No more excuses for Iraqi government’s ambivalence

Ongoing mass protests across various parts of the world appear to emphasize that words alone can no longer calm a populace frustrated with

25 August 2019 11:38 AM

ISIS — they haven’t gone away, you know

ISIS is not dead — far from it, contrary to claims from the White House about a total defeat of the terrorist organization that at one point

04 August 2019 10:06 AM

Nigeria has no answer after 10 years of Boko Haram

It is 10 years since Boko Haram transformed from radical Islamist sect to terrorist insurgency group, coinciding with the rise of its current leader, Abubakar Shekau.

07 July 2019 03:13 PM

Why cosying up to Kim sends the wrong message to Iran

There has never been a moment when it was more necessary to separate overall US policy from the whims of whoever occupies the White House.

23 June 2019 07:06 PM

All eyes on a Tunisian vote to define its future

Tunisians will go to the polls in October and November to elect 217 legislative assembly members and a president to succeed Béji Caïd Essebsi, who is not seeking re-election. Hopes are high that these elections will consolidate the progress made in nearly eight years of democratization since the Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali regime was toppled, and usher in a new phase of stability and maturity of political institutions.

16 June 2019 02:53 PM

Trump deal with North Korea remains frustratingly elusive

An untethered White House has plunged America into an identity crisis of sorts.

26 May 2019 03:38 PM

Why the Middle East cannot afford to ignore climate change

There is a painful irony to the grave threat that climate change proposes to the Middle East, the world's most important producer of oil and natural gas.

28 April 2019 02:14 PM

ISIS is thriving in the unlikeliest of places while Washington ignores the threat

Easter Sunday 2019 is a day that will live in infamy, not only for Sri Lanka but for Southeast Asia as well — a day that will resonate with Christians across the planet.

21 April 2019 12:32 AM

If the Arab Spring proved anything, it is change is a lot easier than stability

On Oct. 10, 2010 Arab and African leaders descended on Sirte, a coastal city in Libya, for an Afro-Arab Summit presided over by Muammar Gaddafi. Six Arab leaders lined up for a group photograph that, nine years later, would make the rounds on social media, altered by the addition of a red “X” over the images of all six: Tunisia’s Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh, Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi, Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir.

07 April 2019 12:17 PM

ISIS is defeated but its specter haunts us still

On March 23, just two weeks ago, one of the most gripping, harrowing tales of the rise of post-911 terrorism came to an end. The Syrian Democratic Forces, a Kurdish-led, US-backed group, routed the remnants of ISIS in the small Syrian town of Baghouz, the group’s last territorial possession.

17 February 2019 01:40 PM

Middle East peace remains elusive after Warsaw summit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Warsaw this week attending a conference to discuss “the future of Middle East stability and prosperity.” On the surface, the aims were noble, because the Middle East is replete with crises and the Trump administration’s policy of disengagement has certainly not helped.

27 January 2019 01:15 PM

The faces might change but the outcome is the same old deadlock in Libya

A little more than a week ago, Ghassan Salame, the UN envoy to Libya, delivered his latest update to the UN Security Council about the situation in the war-torn country.

20 January 2019 01:31 PM

There are no easy options for anyone in northern Syria

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement of increased Turkish military intervention in Syria will come as no surprise to some.

13 January 2019 10:00 AM

How to prevent the emergence of ISIS 2.0

It has been five years since videos of executions by Daesh surfaced on the internet, earning the terrorist militant group instant notoriety. Soon after, its members seized large swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territory with little difficulty, spreading in the wide rifts created by civil war.

06 January 2019 10:08 AM

Challenges 2019 will bring for the Arab world

It has only been a few days since the New Year fireworks lit up the skies of many of the world’s cities.