Nahlah Ayed

London correspondent for CBC News The National

Nahlah Ayed is CBC News The National's correspondent in London. Ayed is a veteran of foreign reportage, specifically in the Middle East, where she spent seven years filing for the CBC's television, radio and online operations. From Riyadh to Tehran, Beirut to Baghdad to Damascus, Ayed covered the region extensively, interviewing key leaders, and reporting from several major conflicts including those in Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza. Most recently, she covered the Arab uprisings in Libya and Egypt. Ayed has also covered major stories beyond the Middle East, in Haiti, Pakistan, the US, the UK and Europe. Ayed's work has been recognized repeatedly, through numerous awards for her print and online work, three Gemini nominations for her television reportage in Iraq, Iran, and Egypt, and an honorary doctorate degree awarded by the University of Manitoba in 2008 for distinguished achievement. Ayed's first book, A Thousand Farewells, will be published in April. A former parliamentary reporter for The Canadian Press, Ayed is a graduate of Carleton University's Master of Journalism program, she also holds a Master's degree in interdisciplinary studies and a B.Sc. in genetics from the University of Manitoba. She was born and raised in Winnipeg.

Most Recent Posts

Ayed: Has the Arab Spring come to Turkey?

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June 14, 2013

No. It is however in line with a slight but growing anti-Islamist tone taking root in the region SINCE the Arab Spring. In it is a message for the Islamist beneficiaries of those uprisings, and Turkey’s leaders alike: They are not immune either.

Ayed: Does the pope still matter in international relations?

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March 4, 2013

Not as much as he used to. In the days of Pope John Paul – he mattered because he sometimes took sides on big issues, because he was the first pope to visit a mosque and the first to visit a synagogue, and to the extent that he was actually able, though mere words, to […]

Ayed: What question would you ask Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird?

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May 16, 2012

Here are a few to start. – Beyond public expressions of support, what is he as foreign minister doing to help save Canadian Hamid Ghassemi-Shall from execution in Iran? – How would he have done things differently to avert Canada’s humiliation in its bid for a security council seat? – Who actually has more influence […]

Ayed: How should Canada respond to the rising violence in Syria?

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February 27, 2012

While it’s necessary to apply pressure on the Assad regime “with all possible means” to halt the bloodshed and allow immediate humanitarian aid to those who desperately need it, with Russia and China backing it, the current regime will continue on its present course. Canada isn’t an influential enough player to singlehandedly have sway with […]

Ayed: Should religion be a tool of Canadian foreign policy?

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February 20, 2012

For any secular country, like Canada, to use religion as a foreign policy tool would be odd, to say the least, if not counter-productive. *Promoting* religious freedom, on the other hand, could form a plank of foreign policy; similar to (and part and parcel of) promoting freedom of expression, of thought, and freedom of political […]