Max Rodenbeck


Max Rodenbeck is The Economist’s Middle East Bureau Chief. He lives in Cairo. (Septemer 2014)

  • Bin Laden's Death: Why the Arab World Shrugs

    May 9, 2011

    The demise of the world's most wanted man has been met, across the Arab and Muslim worlds, with a very untelegenic shrug of indifference.

  • How to Deal With Yemen

    November 9, 2010

    It's hard to imagine a longer or more pressing "to do" list than that of Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Quite apart from the attempt by Yemeni jihadists to plant parcel bombs in US-bound cargo planes, he is beset with trouble.

  • Jaipur

    January 29, 2010

    Perhaps it was the squirrels and peacocks leaping in the foliage overhead. Or maybe the way the rambling grounds of the Diggi Palace divided into separate tableaux—here Gulzar, a venerated Urdu poet, recited before a rapt audience, there a pair of London publishers toasted a trio of hard drinking and smoking Kashmiris, while over on the lawn tablas thumped and sittars whined. All this made it hard not to feel like a figure in an outsized miniature, such as those late paintings of the great durbars of the Raj, in which suited British officers faced off against far more splendidly plumed native rulers. Yet the Jaipur Literature Festival, now in its fifth year, is determinedly void of pomp and hierarchy.