AUB's John Waterbury in diplomats' target?

The Angry Arab reports that US diplomats are trying to punish American University in Beirut's John Waterbury for having awarded a honorary degree to Robert Fisk:

I hear that John Waterbury, the president of American University of Beirut, is in big trouble with the US government. Apparently, the US embassy in Lebanon is most displeased that Robert Fisk was awarded an honorary doctorate from AUB. In his speech, Fisk gave a scathing indictment of US foreign policy. That did not sit well with the embassy, which is lobbying Washington, I am told, to punish Waterbury. They found a technical irregularity in one of the advertised posters, and will be using that to discredit Waterbury.
Waterbury is an important American academic who's written many great books on, among others, Egypt and Morocco. If this turns into something, be ready to support him and defend academic freedom. After all, I don't like another recipient of the same honor (Nasser Kharafi of the eponymous Kuwaiti mega-corporation), but don't think Waterbury should be punished for it!

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,