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Sharif Nashashibi

Sharif Nashashibi is an award-winning journalist and commentator on Arab affairs.

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Syrian regime reveals its impotence with Afrin own-goal

The Syrian conflict became even more complicated last week, when Turkey and the Assad regime made good on threats against each other regarding Ankara’s military operation in Afrin. 

March 01, 2018

Extending Turkey’s Afrin operation will pose major challenges

Turkey’s military on Saturday suffered the deadliest day of its campaign against Kurdish militias in the canton of Afrin in northern Syria, with seven soldiers killed.

February 08, 2018

Palestinian Authority right to call America’s bluff

The Palestinian Authority (PA) is right to stand firm against the US threat last week to cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.

January 12, 2018

Now that Baghdad has won, it’s time to talk to the Kurds

Last week’s acceptance by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq’s Supreme Federal Court decision barring secession represents the Kurds’ capitulation to Baghdad in the standoff surrounding September’s independence referendum.

November 23, 2017

In this year of anniversaries, how much longer must Palestine wait?

The effect of the infamous Balfour Declaration was best summed up by the late British author and journalist Arthur Koestler: “One nation solemnly promised to a second nation the country of a third.” It had no legal or moral right to do so.

November 02, 2017

To succeed, secession bids require recognition

Weeks on from their independence referendums, both the Catalans and Kurds are undoubtedly on the back foot. Neither leadership has yet declared independence, and the likelihood of doing so — let alone implementing it — is receding.

October 26, 2017

The irresistible force and the immovable objects

If one had been told in advance that in the space of a fortnight there would be two independence referendums — one in Europe, the other in the Middle East, one peaceful and orderly, the other chaotic and violent — the assumption would be that the chaotic one would take place in the Middle East.

October 09, 2017

The media role in Brits’ bad attitude toward the Arab world

The Arab News/YouGov poll on the attitudes of UK residents toward the Arab world makes for largely depressing reading.

September 25, 2017

The moral case for Kurdish independence

My change of stance on Kurdish self-determination occurred about 15 years ago as something of an epiphany.

September 20, 2017