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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Trump’s ‘Axis of Adults’ sends powerful messages to Iran

In Washington, they call them the “Axis of Adults” — Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, National Security Adviser Herbert McMaster, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley, the ambassador to the UN.

April 23, 2017

Contours of a Russian-American ‘deal’ on Syria

The bargaining for a potential Russian-American deal on Syria has started. It is without a putative “grand bargain” that would take into account Ukraine and Western sanctions on Russia, which remain a less attainable goal at present.

April 16, 2017

Iran, the Kurds and Daesh in the US-Russia deal

The remarks by Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the UN, regarding Washington’s priorities in Syria, constitute both a convergence and a divergence with Russian priorities, as set out by Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov in an interview with Al-Hayat.

March 11, 2017

Trump and Putin: A clash or a deal?

The rush to bet on an “inevitable” deal between US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin has stumbled on the reality of the rules and strategic interests that govern US-Russian relations.

February 26, 2017

Flynn’s sacking alters Trump administration’s course

European countries are receiving with reassurance signs of a more rational attitude toward NATO by the administration of US President Donald Trump. Only recently, he had called the trans-Atlantic alliance “obsolete.”

February 18, 2017