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Here are some of the regular writers and commentators of Gulf News Opinion. Click on the links to browse through a list of the author's work.

  • Gulf News
  • Published: 11:25 March 21, 2011
  • Abdel Bari Atwan
    Abdel Bari Atwan

    Abdel Bari Atwan is the editor of the pan-Arab newspaper Al Quds Al Arabi. He is the author of The Secret History of Al Qaida, and A Country of Words, his memoir, and is currently writing a new book, Al Qaida, the Next Generation.
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  • Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdullah
    Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdullah

    Dr. Abdulkhaleq Abdullah is professor of political science at Emirates University. He holds a PhD in Political science from Georgetown University and MA from American University in Washington D.C.
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  • Abdullah Al Shayji
    Abdullah Al Shayji

    Professor Abdullah Al Shayji is the Chairman of the Political Science Department - Kuwait University. He is a specialist in Gulf and US Politics.
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  • Adel Safty
    Adel Safty

    Adel Safty is author of From Camp David to the Gulf (Montreal); Democracy and Governance (Istanbul); Leadership and Democracy (New York); Might Over Right: How the Zionists Took Over Palestine (England); and the Cyprus Question: Diplomacy and International Law (USA).
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  • Aijaz Zaka Syed
    Aijaz Zaka Syed

    Aijaz Zaka Syed is a widely published commentator. You can follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aijazzakasyed.
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  • Professor As'ad Abdul Rahman
    Professor As'ad Abdul Rahman

    Professor As'ad Abdul Rahman is the Chairman of the Palestinian Encyclopaedia.
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  • Faisal J. Abbas
    Faisal J. Abbas

    Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English, a blogger and author of upcoming book on Arab media.
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  • Faisal Al Qasim
    Faisal Al Qasim

    Faisal Al Qasim is a Syrian journalist based in Doha. He was the anchor of Opposite Direction on Al Jazeera, which ended in early 2011. Before joining Al Jazeera, he worked for the BBC Arabic Radio.
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  • Farhan Bokhari
    Farhan Bokhari

    Farhan Bokhari is a Pakistan-based commentator who writes on political, security and economic affairs. He has written extensively from Pakistan on topical issues since 1990.
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  • Fawaz Turki
    Fawaz Turki

    Fawaz Turki is a journalist, lecturer and author based in Washington. He is the author of The Disinherited: Journal of a Palestinian Exile.
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  • Francis Matthew
    Francis Matthew

    Francis Matthew is the Editor at Large of Gulf News, where he was also editor from 1995 to 2005. He has been a reporter and commentator in the Gulf since the 1980's.
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  • George S. Hishmeh
    George S. Hishmeh

    George S. Hishmeh is a Washington-based columnist. He is a former editor in chief of The Daily Star.
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  • Ghada Alatrash Janbey
    Ghada Alatrash Janbey

    Ghada Alatrash Janbey holds her Master of English from the University of Oklahoma, USA, with an emphasis on post-colonial studies. She is currently working on her first publication of translated poems from Arabic to English. She taught English at Abu Dhabi Women's College.
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  • Gordon Robison
    Gordon Robison

    Gordon Robison teaches political science at the University of Vermont. He has served as Baghdad Bureau Chief for the Fox News Channel, worked as a correspondent and field producer reporting from Kuwait, Jordan and Iraq for CNN.
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  • Jamal Al Shehhi
    Jamal Al Shehhi

    Jamal Al Shehhi is an Emirati writer and publisher. He is the founder of Kuttab publishing and the host of the TV show Halaqat Wasel on Dubai TV. You can follow him at www.twitter.com/jamalalshehhi.
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  • Jaswant Singh
    Jaswant Singh

    Jaswant Singh, a former Indian finance minister, former foreign minister, and former defense minister, is the author of Jinnah: India - Partition - Independence.
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  • Dr. Joseph A. Kechichian
    Dr. Joseph A. Kechichian

    Dr. Joseph A. Kechichian is an American scholar of Armenian descent. He is a commentator and author of several books on Gulf affairs.
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  • Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
    Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. is a professor at Harvard and author of The Future of Power.
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  • Khalaf Al Habtoor
    Khalaf Al Habtoor

    Khalaf Al Habtoor is a businessman and chairman of Al Habtoor Group. He is a former member of the Federal National Council and the Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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  • Kuldip Nayar
    Kuldip Nayar

    Kuldip Nayar is a veteran Indian journalist who has authored 15 books. He is also a former Indian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and a former Rajya Sabha member.
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  • Linda S. Heard
    Linda S. Heard

    Linda S. Heard is an award-winning British political columnist and guest television commentator with a focus on the Middle East. She has lived and worked in Cyprus, Greece, Algeria, Bahrain, Dubai and Lebanon and is currently based in Egypt.
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  • Luc Debieuvre
    Luc Debieuvre

    Luc Debieuvre is a French essayist and a lecturer at IRIS (Institut de Relations Internationales et Strategiques) and the "FACO" Law University of Paris.
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  • Manik Mehta
    Manik Mehta

    Manik Mehta is a New York-based journalist with extensive writing experience on foreign affairs, diplomacy global economics, international trade, etc. He has written extensively on the USA, Europe and Asia.
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  • Dr. Marwan Al Kabalan
    Dr. Marwan Al Kabalan

    Dr. Marwan Kabalan is the dean of the Faculty of International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Kalamoon in Damascus, Syria. He is also a member of the board of directors at the Damascus University Center for Strategic Studies and Research and author of numerous articles on the Middle East.
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  • Mishaal Al Gergawi
    Mishaal Al Gergawi

    Mishaal Al Gergawi is an Emirati current affairs commentator. You can follow him at www.twitter.com/algergawi
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  • Dr. Mohammad Abdel Raouf
    Dr. Mohammad Abdel Raouf

    Dr. Mohammad Abdel Raouf is an independent environmental researcher. He has been a lecturer of Environmental Accounting and Economics and a consultant for the World Bank and the Ministry of Industry in Egypt.
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  • Mohammad Akef Jamal
    Mohammad Akef Jamal

    Mohammad Akef Jamal is holding a Ph.D degree in physics from the UK, retired associate university professor , researcher in different fields including: history and philosophy of science, environment, politics, water desalination.
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  • Dr Mohammad Al Asoomi
    Dr Mohammad Al Asoomi

    Dr Mohammad Al Asoomi is a UAE economic expert and specialist in economic and social development in the UAE and the GCC countries.
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  • Mohammad Hassan Al Harbi
    Mohammad Hassan Al Harbi

    Mohammad Hassan Al Harbi is a renowned columnist and author whose writings cover various fields ranging from media studies to education.
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  • Muna Al Gurg
    Muna Al Gurg

    Muna Al Gurg is a director at the Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group and Chairwoman of the Young Arab Leaders. She is also an Aspen Institute Fellow. You can follow her at www.twitter.com/MunaAlGurg
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  • Nasim Zehra
    Nasim Zehra

    Nasim Zehra is a writer on security issues.
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  • Nidhal Guessoum
    Nidhal Guessoum

    Nidhal Guessoum is Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the American University of Sharjah.
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  • Osama Al Sharif
    Osama Al Sharif

    Osama Al Sharif is a veteran journalist and political commentator based in Amman. His experience as publisher, editor and syndicated writer in Arabic and English spans over 25 years.
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  • Patrick Seale
    Patrick Seale

    Patrick Seale is a commentator and author of several books on Middle East affairs, including Asad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East and Abu Nidal: A Gun for Hire.
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  • Ramzy Baroud
    Ramzy Baroud

    Ramzy Baroud is the editor of PalestineChronicle.com. He taught Mass Communication at Australia's Curtin University of Technology. His latest book is My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story.
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  • Rahimullah Yusufzai
    Rahimullah Yusufzai

    Rahimullah Yusufzai is a senior journalist based in Peshawar.
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  • Sami Moubayed
    Sami Moubayed

    Sami Moubayed is editor-in-chief of Forward Magazine in Damascus.
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  • Shakir Noori
    Shakir Noori

    Shakir Noori is a senior editor and writer who resides in Dubai and Paris.
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  • Shashi Tharoor
    Shashi Tharoor

    Shashi Tharoor, a former Indian Minister of State for External Affairs and UN Under-Secretary General, is a member of India’s parliament and the author of a dozen books.
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  • Sobhi Ghandour
    Sobhi Ghandour

    Sobhi Ghandour is the head of Al Hewar Centre in Washington DC, which was founded in 1994, and aims to promote Arab Culture and dialogue.
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  • Stuart Reigeluth
    Stuart Reigeluth

    Stuart Reigeluth is Managing Editor of Revolve Magazine and works at the Council for European Palestinian Relations in Brussels.
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  • Sulaiman Al Hattlan
    Sulaiman Al Hattlan

    Sulaiman Al Hattlan, a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard, is the host of Gulf Talks on Al Hurra TV. He is the founder of the upcoming news project, www.hattlan.com. He lives in Dubai.
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  • Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi
    Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

    Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi is a non-resident fellow at the Dubai School of Government. You can follow him at www.twitter.com/SultanAlQassemi.
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  • Tanvir Ahmad Khan
    Tanvir Ahmad Khan

    Tanvir Ahmad Khan is a former ambassador and foreign secretary of Pakistan. He was the chairman of the Institute of Strategic Studies, Islamabad.
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  • Tariq A. Al Maeena
    Tariq A. Al Maeena

    Tariq A. Al Maeena is a Saudi socio-political commentator. He was educated at the University of Denver. He lives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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  • Ambassador Tariq Osman Hyder
    Ambassador Tariq Osman Hyder

    Ambassador Tariq Osman Hyder, a retired Pakistani diplomat, is engaged in public service, working on issues fundamental to Pakistan's progress.
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  • Tariq Ramadan
    Tariq Ramadan

    Tariq Ramadan is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University (Oriental Institute, St Antony’s College ). He is also teaching at the Faculty of Theology at Oxford.
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  • Vimala Madon
    Vimala Madon

    Vimala Madon is a freelance journalist based in Secunderabad, India. She was previously a lecturer in English and a general manager at the State Bank group.
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  • Yasser Hareb
    Yasser Hareb

    Yasser Hareb is an Emirati novelist and writer on political and social affairs. You can follow him at www.twitter.com/YasserHareb
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  • Yuriko Koike
    Yuriko Koike

    Yuriko Koike, Japan's former defence minister and national security adviser, is Chairman of the Executive Council of the Liberal Democratic Party. She is a member of the House of Representatives of Japan for Tokyo's 10th district.
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