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Faisal J. Abbas

Faisal J. Abbas is the editor in chief of Arab News

Twitter: @FaisalJAbbas

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The significance of the Trump-Mohammed bin Salman meeting

“Patience is a virtue,” according to an ancient piece of wisdom. There is no doubt that for the eight long years of Barack Obama’s presidency, Riyadh’s patience was tested to the max by an administration that seemed — intentionally or not — adamant on punishing allies and rewarding foes.

March 16, 2017

Davos ’17 summarized? The world is upside down!

Didn’t get a chance to follow or attend the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) this year? Here is a summary, but please don’t think I am pulling your leg; everything mentioned below is true.

January 22, 2017

A dove in Davos? Calling Zarif’s bluffs

One has to give it to Jawad Zarif. Not only can Iran’s chief diplomat bluff, but — as attendees at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting found out — he can do it while keeping a straight face.

January 19, 2017

The Saudi islands, Egypt and political ‘fahlawa’

Pundits commenting on Saudi-Egyptian relations in light of the recent issue over the two islands of Tiran and Sanafir must remember that land disputes between neighboring countries are common; indeed, neither Cairo nor Riyadh are the first, particularly in the Middle East, to have had such issues

January 17, 2017

Connecting the dots: Ankara, Berlin and Zurich

Monday’s atrocious attacks that targeted civilians at a Christmas market in Berlin and Muslims praying in a mosque in Zurich resemble two sides of the same coin of hatred. Both acts of terrorism should be condemned, and neither should be tolerated.

December 21, 2016

To succeed with GCC, Britain can’t ‘have the cake and eat it’

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech at the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit deserves a solid 10/10. Starting off with “Gulf security is our security” was a pleasant surprise and a much-welcomed statement.
 
December 08, 2016

At 45, the UAE deserves a global round of applause

On one side of the globe, the rise of the far-right has left a whole continent shaken and uncertain about its future. This is accompanied by a surge in racism, hate crimes and xenophobia as innocent people are being attacked — even murdered — based on ethnicity, political or religious views.
December 02, 2016

Trump ‘deserves a chance to lead’

Whatever one might think of the outcome of the 2016 US election, perhaps the one thing we could all agree on is that it was extremely surreal.
November 12, 2016

Could President Trump be the Middle East’s savior?

What does a President Donald J. Trump mean for the Arab World?
 
How are Muslims worldwide reacting to his election?
 
What will become of the Iran nuclear deal and how will Trump handle Syria, Iraq, Libya and Daesh?
 
November 10, 2016