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Zaid M. Belbagi

Zaid M. Belbagi is a political commentator, and an adviser to private clients between London and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Twitter: @Moulay_Zaid

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UK must commit to Canada-US model in Brexit talks

The overarching objective for Theresa May’s patchwork government of Remainers, Leavers and Northern Irish Unionists is reaching the best possible terms for the UK’s upcoming withdrawal from the European Union. With increasingly defined parameters from No.

March 15, 2018

Is China set for a Xi dynasty?

As many as 19 dynasties had their moment in the sun during China’s long imperial history — and now it seems there may well be a 20th.

March 08, 2018

Russia’s pragmatic plans for the Middle East

Last December, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the Hmeimim air base in Syria and triumphantly announced mission accomplished for Russian forces combatting Daesh.

March 01, 2018

New president’s uphill struggle to get South Africa back on track

It is concerning when a head of state has counts of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering levelled against him, worse still when there were allegations of rape.

February 22, 2018

Arab state failures behind Israel’s clandestine operations

On a hot afternoon in June 1981, an Israeli F-16A fighter aircraft flew 1,600 kilometers to destroy Iraq’s under construction Osirak nuclear reactor just south of Baghdad.

February 15, 2018

Turkey risks igniting northern Syrian tinderbox

Seven years into the Syrian conflict, a messy proxy war involving global and regional powers, the opening of a new front this week was in some respects a most worrying development.

January 26, 2018

Russian economy haunts Putin

Vladimir Putin’s electoral appeal has always been the guarantee of stability. This resonated with the masses following the post-Soviet upheaval, but this March the President faces a different challenge. With real wages in their third year of decline, Russians seek socio-economic change.

January 11, 2018