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Christian Chesnot
Christian Chesnot

Christian Chesnot is grand reporter at Radio France in Paris in charge of the Middle East affairs. He has been based as correspondent in Cairo and Amman. He has written several books on Palestine, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf. Chesnot tweets @cchesnot.

Turkey sinks deeper in Syrian quagmire with Operation Olive Branch

Is Syria becoming a death trap for Recep Tayip Edrogan? Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, the ‘Turkish sultan’ has committed all possible mistakes with his neighbor,...

Tunisia continues to struggle post-revolution

Seven years ago, the Jasmin revolution triumphed in Tunis and President Ben Ali flew to exile in Saudi Arabia. It only took a few weeks to topple the regime. At the time, protesters took to the...

Iran: Hassan Rouhani caught between devil and the deep blue sea

For President Hassan Rouhani, the latest outbreak of protests in Iranian cities comes as a major threat that exposes the current fragilities of a beleaguered Iranian presidency. Although he remains...

2017: The year of victory over ISIS

When we look back at 2017, the most important event to have unfolded in the Middle East was the military victory over ISIS.Although there are still some ISIS strongholds that remain unconquered on the...

Jerusalem again and again ...

A few weeks ago I wrote in these same columns: “sooner or later, the Palestinian question will reemerge.” No doubt when you least expect it. It was on the occasion of the 100th anniversary...

A Marshall Plan for Iraq?

A few days ago, Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari called for a Marshall Plan for the reconstruction of his country. “The world owes it to us,” he insisted. After the military...

Syria: Moment of truth in Geneva

Will the new Geneva round of negotiations, under the supervision of the UN, finally help to break the political impasse over the future of Syria? Clearly, the crisis is entering a new phase as the...

Macron as a firefighter diplomat

The mediation of Emmanuel Macron in the Hariri affair confirms France’s desire to play a central role in the Middle East. The principles of the diplomatic posture of Paris are regularly hammered...