Qahwa Sada

Since I've been traveling I'm late to this, but a big ahlan wa sahlan to Marc Lynch's project Qahwa Sada, a kind of roundtable for Middle East experts. It goes on the "essentials" list, and go check out Toby Jones' post on Bahrain, one of the few really interesting small countries (politically) in the Gulf.

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,