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Neil MacFarquhar

New York Times, UN Bureau Chief

Neil MacFarquhar currently serves as the UN bureau chief of the New York Times.

He previously served as Cairo bureau chief from 2001 through 2005.

His Mideast expertise predates his Cairo assignment. He grew up in Libya and covered the region for the AP, including stints in Israel and Kuwait.

An Arabic speaker, Mr. MacFarquhar is the author of “The Media Relations of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday” (PublicAffairs, 2009) and “The Sand Café” (PublicAffairs, 2006) about Gulf War correspondents marooned in a Saudi hotel.

Articles by Neil MacFarquhar

Middle Eastern Police States

How much power do security agencies in the Middle East exercise in their countries?

May 6, 2009

Talking About Jihad

What does "jihad" mean to Muslims in the Middle East?

May 5, 2009

Expatriates in the Middle East

How do everyday businesses function under Islamic law?

May 4, 2009