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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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Lebanon’s self-serving elite unable to stop freefall

There is nothing new about Lebanon’s “new prime minister.” A billionaire, of a certain age, Najib Mikati has, in fact, been in the job twice before. His plan to approach “Arab brothers to hold Lebanon’s hand and stop the freefall” is also, sadly, not new.

September 22, 2021

Iraq steps slowly back into the Arab fold

As a founding member of the Arab League and bastion of Arab nationalism, Iraq has traditionally held great sway in regional politics. Its over-involvement in regional affairs under Saddam Hussein, however, has been replaced by its near disappearance since 2003.

August 30, 2021

What Raisi presidency will mean for Iran’s regional rivals

Iran’s Guardian Council disqualified all but seven of last month’s 592 presidential hopefuls — including the country’s longest-serving parliamentary speaker, a vice president and a former president — in the most extreme interference by a supreme leader in the electoral process.

July 05, 2021