Osama Al-Sharif

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

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Russia is here to stay and it’s not all bad

In the past two years, Russia has become a key player in Middle East affairs. Syria has given it that opportunity at a time when the US is in the mid of a visible and deliberate recoil from a region that was historically a main stage of its foreign policy.

September 05, 2017

Why Jordan-Syria relations may improve soon

Jordan and Syria could soon be opening a new chapter in relations, following an indirect exchange of positive remarks by officials in both countries. Butheina Shaaban, special adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad, last week said relations with Jordan are destined to improve. 

August 30, 2017

When opposites attract: Jordan and Turkey have much in common

The visit to Jordan this week by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signals a major improvement in relations between the two countries, who are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic ties this year.

August 22, 2017

Can Kushner revive stalled peace talks?

The visit to the region later this month by Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and other top aides in the Trump administration, reportedly to promote peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, should not raise anyone’s hopes for a potential breakthrough.

August 15, 2017

Al-Aqsa closure marks a dangerous precedent

The Israeli occupation authorities’ closure of the Noble Sanctuary, which includes Islam’s third-holiest mosque, to Muslim worshippers this week has become the latest flashpoint in the already tense relations between Jordan and Israel.

July 19, 2017