Columnist

Raghida Dergham

Raghida Dergham is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute. She is a Columnist for the Huffington Post and Arab News and served as Columnist, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and New York Bureau Chief for the London-based Al-Hayat daily for 28 years. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an honorary fellow at the Foreign Policy Association and has served on the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum.

Twitter: @RaghidaDergham

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Iran would benefit from Russia-US confrontation in Syria

Unless a major accident occurs on the ground, there will not be a US-Russian clash in Syria, because no one in Washington or Moscow wants the verbal tensions between them to become a military confrontation.

June 25, 2017

A mechanism for US mediation in the Gulf

The current crisis between heavyweight Arab countries and Qatar requires exceptional and decisive US mediation. It should be led by a veteran high-level envoy well experienced in Arab affairs, who is respected and supported by President Donald Trump and top members of his administration.

June 17, 2017

Qatar’s obstinacy will have dire consequences

The crisis with Doha must be contained because any further deterioration will come at a heavy cost for the people of Qatar and the entire Gulf region — citizens and expatriates alike.

June 10, 2017

America’s ‘deep state’ moves to thwart Trump

The grudges now dividing the US have taken the schism of “him versus her,” in reference to President Donald Trump and his erstwhile electoral rival Hillary Clinton respectively. There is no more “us and them,” amid an atmosphere charged with incitement, revenge, threats and exclusion.

June 04, 2017

President Trump at the American-Arab-Islamic Summit

Washington was preoccupied this week with the fallout from the sacking of FBI Director James Comey.

May 13, 2017

The Westphalian model to resolve Mideast conflicts

The prestigious German think-tank Korber-Stiftung recently raised a question regarding whether the Westphalian model can be implemented in the context of peacemaking efforts in Middle Eastern conflicts, while surveying the identities of the local, regional and international players and their role

May 06, 2017

A chance for US-Russian accord over Libya

Many this week will set out to scrutinize the policies implemented by President Donald Trump, 100 days after he took office. His presidency is crucial to the world, perhaps more so than for Americans, especially regarding foreign policy.

April 29, 2017