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Portraits of a Changing City

On view at the Smithsonian’s esteemed Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C., Ahmed Mater’s exhibit of installations and photographs is the first solo exhibition for a Saudi artist in the United States. To read my article in Newsweek Middle East, please <click here>

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The Irrational Exuberance About the Iranian Economy

The nuclear deal was supposed to spark a new era of prosperity for Iranians. But Iranian politics — and American politics — still stand in the way. To read my feature story in Foreign Policy Magazine, please <click here>

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Shattered Promises

I had the pleasure of interviewing Abbas Kiarostami and Park Chan-wook for my report in Newsweek Middle East on Cinema in Iran and review Paradise – ما, در بهشت by Sina Ataeian and Amir Hamz, which competed at the Marrakech Film Festival. To read, please <click here>

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New Big Shot on the Block

I interviewed the director who won Best Film at the Marrakech Film Festival. Here’s my report for Newsweek Middle East about his movie, Very Big Shot – فيلم كتير كبير: To read, please <click here>

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A Conversation with Francis Ford Coppola

Art will always be a more powerful instrument of change than weapons, renowned Italian-American director Francis Ford Coppola told Newsweek Middle East on the sidelines of the 15th Annual Marrakech Film Festival in Morocco. To read, please <click here>.

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American Reset?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that when it comes to the Middle East, pragmatism trumps idealism for U.S. presidents. The 2016 U.S. contenders make no bones about operating from the same playbook. “I really don’t have much of a view on the current candidates, except that they make Saturday Night Live look like a drama,” Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammed K.A. Al Faisal told Newsweek Middle East. It’s a view shared by many in the region.  To read this article in full on Newsweek Middle East‘s website, please <click here>. You may find a pdf file of my section of this article <here>.

Game of Isotopes: Are Iran’s prospects looking up?

Here’s my latest article for  Newsweek Middle East on the adoption of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA: an agreement inked with Iran last July to halt the potential threat posed by Iran’s long-contentious nuclear program. Please <click here> for more.

How Tehran Is Fighting ISIL

Here’s my latest article for  Al-Jazeera English on Tehran’s stake in the tumult afflicting Iraq. This article features interviews from Tehran, Dubai and Baghdad, and includes an interview with Iraq’s former National Security Advisor. To read, please <click here>.

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IMF report, elections key for Cairo to secure new loans

As the Egyptian government gears up for a widely touted investor conference this March, its allies in the Persian Gulf are looking to the event for new sources of financing Egypt needs to more than double its current modest growth rate by the end of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s term in 2018. To read an analysis in Monitor Global Outlook, the business intelligence unit of The Christian Science Monitor, please <click here>.

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Iran talks: ‘Both sides need some time’

This is a feature story for Al Jazeera English discussing why the most recent round of negotiations over Iran’s contested nuclear program were extended, and the outlook moving forward. To read, please <click here>.