Farouk's loss

For those of you who have been following Farouk Hosni's run for UNESCO, here's something I wrote for Foreign Policy right after his loss was announced. (Foreign Policy had a terrible piece earlier this month on the issue, and this was partly a response).

I didn't mention it in the article, but it's worth noting with what lightning-speed the Minister has moved to squash any expectations that he might resign from his position (as he had reportedly promised).

Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.