Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Hussain Abdul-Hussain

Hussain Abdul-Hussain is an Iraqi-Lebanese columnist and writer. He is the Washington bureau chief of Kuwaiti daily al-Rai and a former visiting fellow at Chatham House in London. He tweets @hahussain.

Biden likely to return US to classic Middle East policy, maintain Saudi Arabia ties

Before President elect Joe Biden was voted into the White House, America had not had a Washington insider as president since late President George H.W. Bush left office in 1993.Bill Clinton and George......

Biden’s Middle East policy would only differ from Trump on Iran and Turkey

In 2008, candidate Barack Obama promised that, if elected president, he would pull US troops out of Iraq in six months, which would have been mid-2009. Yet Obama instead did not withdraw the troops......

Biden rejoining the Iran deal is easier said than done

At face value, the upcoming US election presents a choice between two Iran strategies. If President Donald Trump is reelected for a second term, he will maintain “maximum pressure” on Iran. In......

Even with new peace deals, Iraq seems a long way from normalizing ties with Israel

Before the biggest Jewish population in the Middle East lived in Israel, it lived in Iraq where its roots go as far back as the Neo-Babylonian dynasty that ended in 539 BCE. If there is any Arab......

In Lebanon, Iraq, top clerics call for Iran's proxies to be disbanded

After Lebanon’s Maronite Patriarch Bechara al-Rai, Iraqi Grand Shia Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani became the second top cleric to call for disbanding Iranian proxies across the Middle East and restoring......

Macron could pressure Iran to disarm Hezbollah, but instead he was weak

France’s President Emmanuel Macron has taken the wrong approach in Lebanon, failing to assert French influence to pressure Iran to disarm Hezbollah and bring about real change.Nothing shows the......

Lebanon's attempt to move back toward neutrality met with resistance from Hezbollah

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros al-Rai handed Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs State David Hale a copy of his initiative “Lebanon’s positive neutrality,” during the US diplomat’s......

Lebanon must disband Hezbollah to survive

From time to time, Lebanese authorities try to enforce traffic laws by fining drivers not wearing their seat belts. Those who get busted often complain: “Hezbollah is free to stock missiles, but the......