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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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Congo slipping back toward civil war

As Joseph Kabila plays video games in Kinshasa surrounded by the only functioning military entity in the Congo, the Presidential Guard, the people grow weary of his pretexts for remaining in power. Having taken over following the assassination of his father Laurent-Désiré in 2001, the president c

March 22, 2018

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