Across the Bay

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Horan of Arabia

The great State Department Arabist Hume Horan has passed away. He died from cancer at the age of 69. Those of you who've read Kaplan's The Arabists might agree with me that he's without a doubt the most interesting figure featured in that book.

Martin Kramer made a couple of posts on Horan that you might want to look at.

From May to November 2003, Horan was a senior adviser to Amb. Jerry Bremer at the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, where he dealt with religious and tribal issues. Not too long ago he wrote an account (PDF) of his stay in Iraq, as well as his views on the whole endeavor, in the March issue of the Foreign Service Journal. As Martin Kramer said, Horan knew how to tell a story. Did he ever. See for yourself.