Osama Al-Sharif

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

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Is Trump now the Palestinians’ best hope for peace?

There is a strong feeling among Arabs that US President Donald Trump’s visit to the region may succeed in reviving the Middle East peace process after years of inactivity.

May 21, 2017

Syria’s safe zones: Another smokescreen?

As the Russian-Turkish-Iranian agreement on creating four “de-escalation zones” in Syria went into effect on Saturday, confusion over its implementation and sustainability remain.

May 16, 2017

Hamas must do more to become politically relevant

Politics, it has been said, is the art of the possible. But when it comes to the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it can also become the art of the absurd.

May 10, 2017

President Abbas goes to Washington

For Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, arriving in Washington this week will almost certainly summon a somber sense of deja vu. Donald Trump will be the third US president that the 82-year-old Palestinian leader has met at the Oval Office since 2005.

May 02, 2017

Arab states should do their part to combat climate change

The world celebrated Earth Day on Saturday, an annual event held since 1970 that is observed by governments, civil society and individuals alike.

April 26, 2017

Russia-Iran alliance is a contradiction in terms

At the end of the day it all boils down to perceptions, impressions and risk-taking. US President Donald Trump has raised the ante in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, North Korea and even Somalia. His foes, as well as his close allies, are bracing themselves for what could unfold in the coming days.

April 20, 2017

Balance of power in Syria is changing once again

Two coordinated surprise offensives by Syrian rebels last week have rattled the Damascus regime and threatened to derail the start of the fifth round of political talks in Geneva.

March 31, 2017

What to expect from the Arab Summit

Arab leaders meeting at the Dead Sea on Wednesday are not expected to adopt momentous resolutions that could spell a departure from previous positions on key issues including Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Libya and the war on terror.

March 27, 2017