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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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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

US alliances in peril

In a series of Twitter tirades this week, US President Donald Trump managed to threaten nuclear Armageddon, the withdrawal of aid to the Palestinians, and to derail America’s critical relationship with Pakistan.

January 05, 2018

Confusion over Christmas in the Middle East

In the days leading up to Christmas, each of the Middle East’s grand hotels is adorned with a flashy Christmas tree.

December 29, 2017

How King Salman built a capital for the 21st century

The city of Riyadh today stands as a living example of the vision of King Salman.

December 22, 2017

Middle East on the cusp of a renaissance 

As the Hundred Years’ War ravaged on, a movement took hold in the city-states of Italy that grew to become a renaissance in artistic, cultural and religious thinking.

December 15, 2017

What now for le Français?

An unintended consequence of the UK’s decision to leave the EU is a debate over language that is taking place, and it is increasingly becoming clear that there are some in Paris who plan for French to become the official language of the EU.

December 08, 2017