A small announcement

I'd like to extend a warm welcome to my friend Charles Levinson, who will be posting regularly from now on. Charles has lived in Cairo for several years and worked as journalist for tons of different publications. He's also an accomplished arabist.

Hopefully Charles' take on things will bring some diversity to the blog, which was never meant to be a one-person effort. We agree on many things, and I'll be taking him on in the comments when we don't agree. Join in on the fun.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.