Karim Sadjadpour is an Iranian-American policy analyst at the Carnegie Endowment. Prior to that he was "chief Iran analyst" at the International Crisis Group.
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RIP Ezra Vogel. His biography of Deng Xiaoping is one of the great books on modern China. It contains this priceless anecdote about when Deng met famously progressive Hollywood star Shirley MacLaine at a state banquet in DC: – source
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Baghdad without a Map and Other Misadventures in Arabia
Sad to hear about the untimely death of Tony Horwitz. His book 'Baghdad without a Map' was a wonderful collection of stories from his travels in the Middle East, written with great wit, empathy, and humility – source