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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.

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.

30 December 2018 09:16 AM

Four reasons Trump’s withdrawal is an error

Shifting tides in global geopolitics come with a number of developments that can be frustrating to keep track of, let alone account for their implications.

23 December 2018 08:59 AM

India and the Gulf states are a perfect match

Clouds of uncertainty continue to swirl over the global economy, with the US Federal Reserve’s recent rate hike proving especially controversial. Europe is bracing for a “no-deal” Brexit while China and the US remain embroiled in a needless trade war.