Dipnote, the State Department blog

The State Department has launched its own blog, Dipnote. I expect much spin and PR for Karen Hughes, and hopefully some helpful tips about seating arrangements and other etiquette issues. Since policy issues will not be discussed with any degree of seriousness (after all there is a press office to handle that) it'd be nice to see some juicy anecdotes from FSOs (that's Foreign Service Officers).

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.