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Issandr El Amrani

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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Moroccan-American writer and analyst. He founded this website in 2003. His reporting and commentary on the region has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and many other regional and international publications.

He began his journalistic career in Egypt at the Cairo Times (2000-2003) and was a co-founder of Cairo (2005-2006). He has contributed reporting, essays and columns to a number of international publications, including The TimesThe Economist, The GuardianThe National, the London Review of Books, Middle East International, and Middle East Report. He has also worked as a consultant for corporate and NGO clients, advising them on Egyptian and Arab politics.

After 14 years in Cairo, Issandr moved to Rabat in July 2014. He lives there with his wife, Ursula Lindsey, and their son Milo. He is currently the director of the North Africa Project at International Crisis Group, overseeing the conflict prevention and resolution NGO's work from Morocco to Egypt.

Issandr can be contacted here.