More on ADHR coming soon

I've just come back from the interview with Nader Fergany, the lead author of the Arab Human Development Report. As promised before, it will be posted here after I've had a chance to transcribe it.

In the meantime, see this Al Hayat column by Jihad Al Khazen, which has more information. According to my meeting with Fergany, Al Khazen has it wrong about why Egypt is playing such a prominent role in blocking the report -- it may not be the succession issue that they are opposed to, but the idea that complete associational freedom, which would imply the right of the Muslim Brotherhood to form a party. There is also a Reuters story that apparently has more info, but I haven't found it.

Stay tuned.
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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.