Links 21-23 April 2011

I just read Mohammed ElBaradei's new book, which comes out in a few days and contains some pointed broadsides against the Bush-Cheney administrations, including a scene in which Dick Cheney threatens to launch a campaign of discreditation against ElBaradei if he does not play ball on Iraq. (He didn't — and they tried to discredit him). The book is all about nuclear diplomacy — not on his experience since he came back to Egypt — but shows the portrait of a man deeply respectful of national sovereignty, international law, and diplomacy. And at times he is quietly scathing about US policies to undermine these. (A full review will be out soon.)

There won't be a lot of links for the next or so as I'll be traveling.



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,