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Hafed Al-Ghwell

Hafed Al-Ghwell is a non-resident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy Institute at the John Hopkins University School of Advance International Studies. He is also senior adviser at the international economic consultancy Maxwell Stamp and at the geopolitical risk advisory firm Oxford Analytica, a member of the Strategic Advisory Solutions International Group in Washington DC and a former adviser to the board of the World Bank Group.

Twitter: @HafedAlGhwell

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We’re not out of the virus minefield yet

As vaccination campaigns ramp up, experts and policymakers are beginning to develop a sense of just how far away the world is from an exit out of the COVID-19 crisis, and gaining greater clarity about the post-pandemic recovery period.

May 08, 2021

Why Libya should beware Russians bearing gifts

The head of Libya’s recently appointed Government of National Unity (GNU), Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, took a surprising trip to Moscow last week, where he met senior Russian officials, vowing to build bridges and preserve Russia’s growing stake in Libya’s economy.

May 01, 2021

Climate change challenges Arab world to cooperate

More than a billion people in nearly 200 countries marked the 51st Earth Day last week, coinciding with a world leaders’ summit on climate hosted by the White House. The stakes could not be higher, and the threats posed by a rapidly warming planet more evident.

April 24, 2021

Birth pains of a new order in the Middle East

In a sign of changing times, the list of global threats is now topped by climate change, China and other countries, rather than terrorism, the potential resurgence of Daesh or copycat violent extremists, according to US intelligence officials.

April 17, 2021

The hard work in Libya has only just begun

It is indeed promising that in less than a month Libya’s new interim Government of National Unity (GNU) claims to have united about 80 percent of critical state institutions from the executive authority itself to the legislature, central bank, energy and various other ministries.

April 11, 2021

Why US eyes are on three key elections

As Washington ramps up for a comprehensive re-engagement with the world, its Middle East portfolio will undoubtedly be affected by the aftermath of what promise to be consequential elections in Palestine, Israel and Iran .

March 27, 2021

Don’t hold your breath for peace in Libya

Libya’s “parliament” (whose legitimacy is questionable) has endorsed the new transitional executive authority appointed by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), a UN-chosen body that will itself be accused of corruption in a UN report to be released in the next few weeks.

March 13, 2021