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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.

Lebanon teeters precariously on the edge

A phrase best sums up the ever inflammable situation of Lebanon. A few years ago, the French embassy in Beirut sent a diplomatic message to the foreign ministry in Paris with the title: “Lebanon...

Palestine: To survive is to conquer?

A hundred years ago on 2nd November 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour announced that his government considered “with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the...

Syria: Should Astana negotiations be expanded?

The defeat of the self-proclaimed Caliphate of Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi is almost achieved. It's only a matter of weeks for the pseudo-state before it disappears from the scene, most likely before the...

Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan: A time of disenchantment

Obviously, the circumstances of the separatists in Catalonia and Iraqi Kurdistan have nothing in common since the political and geographical situations are different. But there is, despite everything,...

‘It is not PSG; it is UNESCO’

On paper, it was a captivating battle. In the name of geographical rotation, an Arab should have taken the lead of UNESCO’s leadership.In the end, that is not what happened. Yet in the first...

A red carpet for Moscow in the Middle East

The historic visit of King Salman to Moscow further emphasizes Russia’s central role in the Middle East.The announcement of the purchase of the S-400 Russian anti-aircraft defense system by...

ISIS strategy of ‘death by a thousand cuts’

ISIS seems to have revamped its strategy of terror, as evidenced by its latest attacks in Spain, Finland, Russia and Belgium. Unable to hold on to its territories in Iraq and Syria in the wake of...

The Macron ‘doctrine’ for the Arab world

Since his inauguration at the Elysée on May 14th, French President Emmanuel Macron has gradually unveiled his foreign policy, particularly regarding relations between France and the Arab world....