Osama Al Sharif

Osama Al-Sharif is a journalist and political commentator based in Amman.

Twitter: @plato010 ​


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Syria now the center of a major international face-off

A week is a long time in politics, as recent events in Syria have underlined once again.

April 10, 2018

Why Israel is running scared

What frightened Israel so much that it killed at least 17 unarmed Palestinians and injured hundreds more, who were among the tens of thousands of peaceful protesters gathering along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel last Friday?

April 04, 2018

Abbas ups the ante by going to the PNC

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is taking preemptive steps in preparation for the possible unveiling of a new Middle East peace plan by the White House, which is most likely to be announced in the next two months.

March 13, 2018

US and Russia taking us on path to major global disorder

This month began with a sinister sense of deja vu at a global level thanks to US President Donald Trump’s threat to drag the world into a trade war, which in his opinion is “a good thing,” and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s flamboyant unveiling of a new generation of nuclear-tipped interconti

March 06, 2018

Elusive Palestinian reconciliation now more urgent than ever

Of all the admittedly limited options that are available to President Mahmoud Abbas to offset the repercussions of Donald Trump’s controversial proclamation on Jerusalem and his much-touted Middle East peace plan, ending inter-Palestinian schism is beyond doubt the most relevant and most effectiv

February 27, 2018

Iran menace takes center stage in Munich

All was not well at last weekend’s high-profile annual Munich Security Conference. From afar it looked like key foreign leaders and top diplomats were on the same page by pointing to the daunting threats facing our world.

February 20, 2018

Avoiding a cliffhanger showdown in Syria

Syria has become a congested arena for many state and non-state combatants, each with its own agenda. So much so that a precarious incident such as last Saturday’s — when Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed an Israeli F-16 fighter jet over northern Galilee — appeared inevitable.

February 13, 2018

A tale of three troubled elections

In a rare phenomenon, this year will see a number of legislative and presidential elections take place across the Arab world. Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and even Libya and Tunisia are all lining up to hold what can only be described as crucial elections.

February 06, 2018

Syria will continue to bleed even after Sochi

The Syrian regime has never had it so good. It has seen a total reversal of fortunes since it faced almost certain defeat in the late summer of 2015, with a Russian military intervention in September of that year providing a new lease of life. That was a game-changer then, in a military sense.

January 30, 2018