Osama Al-Sharif

Osama Al-Sharif is a journalist and political commentator based in Amman.
Twitter: @plato010

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Why replacing the US as a peace broker will not work

Despite worldwide sympathy for the Palestinians in the wake of the unilateral US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reaction to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ declaration that Washington has disqualified itself as an honest broker and is no longer accepted as a peace mediator has

December 27, 2017

Will extremist movement’s death certificate be signed in 2018?

The year 2017 will be looked upon as setting a crucial milestone in the long and costly war against extremists, and in particular the self-proclaimed caliphate of Daesh. In the past few weeks, there have been a number of celebratory events marking the defeat of this brutal cult.

December 20, 2017

Why Palestinians are already frustrated with Trump’s ‘peace plan’

The countdown has begun for the unveiling of US President Donald Trump’s promised “ultimate deal” between Israel and the Palestinians, one that aims to close the chapter on the decades-old conflict. For the Palestinians, initial signs point to a dismal start.

November 22, 2017

Statements of the obvious will not end the Syrian conflict

It was not the long awaited face-to-face meeting that the world was expecting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Vietnam last weekend.

November 15, 2017

Yes, Daesh is beaten, but religious extremism is not

Time is running out fast for Daesh, the terrorist group that first appeared in late 2013 and within months was able to claim vast swaths of Iraqi and Syrian territories on which it proclaimed its so-called caliphate.

November 07, 2017

UNESCO exit a self-inflicted wound for US

It would be naive to believe that the US decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will not hurt the Paris-based UN body.

October 18, 2017

Idlib offensive a high-stakes risk for Erdogan

Turkey is about to sink deeper into the Syrian quagmire as it launches a risky campaign to take over the rebellious northwestern province of Idlib — a hotbed for radical fighters and a momentary refuge for tens of thousands of hapless civilians, many of whom fled when Aleppo was finally and bruta

October 11, 2017

King Salman’s visit to Russia underlines Saudi pragmatism

A bit of history will be made this week, when King Salman arrives in Moscow on a four-day official visit — the first by a Saudi monarch in almost a century of diplomatic relations.

October 03, 2017

The real reason Netanyahu supports a Kurdish state

Amid tensions around next Monday’s proposed independence referendum in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Israel’s support for a Kurdish state added a dangerous twist to an already volatile situation.

September 19, 2017

What that airstrike in Hama means (and what it does not)

An Israeli airstrike last Thursday near Hama in western Syria was the biggest since the Syrian conflict began in 2011. The Assad regime says the target was a scientific research facility. Israel says it was a missile production plant used by Iran to develop chemical weapons for Hezbollah.

September 13, 2017