The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

More on ADHR coming soon

I've just come back from the interview with Nader Fergany, the lead author of the Arab Human Development Report. As promised before, it will be posted here after I've had a chance to transcribe it.

In the meantime, see this Al Hayat column by Jihad Al Khazen, which has more information. According to my meeting with Fergany, Al Khazen has it wrong about why Egypt is playing such a prominent role in blocking the report -- it may not be the succession issue that they are opposed to, but the idea that complete associational freedom, which would imply the right of the Muslim Brotherhood to form a party. There is also a Reuters story that apparently has more info, but I haven't found it.

Stay tuned.