Columnist

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.

Twitter: @HafedAlGhwell

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Iraq’s long and winding road to stability

It can be difficult to recall, in chronological order, the social and political developments in Iraq since the government’s success in pushing back Daesh, quelling Kurdish secession and consolidating its security and military forces.

August 18, 2018

Why the Arab world needs a new economic bloc

A new reality has emerged on the world stage, and at the heart of it is Donald Trump’s leadership of the world’s largest economy and most powerful military.

August 04, 2018

Cutting finance is key to fighting terror 

The world has witnessed a significant rise in terrorist incidents for many reasons. Some terrorists are from nationalist movements, criminal organizations and, more prominently, religiously motivated groups. The most significant of the latter are offshoots of extremist Islamist groups. 

July 07, 2018

Why the Arab world should build bridges with China

For centuries, China’s outsized population, long history, sophisticated culture and economic might have drawn the attention of far-off powers and influencers. The Chinese have used this interest to their advantage, particularly in the few decades after the Second World War. 

June 30, 2018