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About Henry Precht

Henry Precht, a retired Foreign Service Officer, worked mainly in the Middle East. His assignments included the Arab-Israel Desk after the 1967 war, four years in Tehran as political-military officer, in charge of the State Department Iran Desk during the revolution and hostage crisis, and two tours in Egypt – Alexandria in the 1960s and deputy ambassador in Cairo 1981-85. Precht speaks and writes on the region, and has published a book of short stories, A Diplomat’s Progress.




Author Archives: Henry Precht

Where Hope Becomes Desperation

May 5th, 2015 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht Katmandu, Baltimore, the Mediterranean Sea, Yemen, Syria—it has been a grim week of news from around the


Lies, Spin, and Campaign Rhetoric

March 24th, 2015 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht A headline in Monday’s New York Times tells us, “Netanyahu Aides Cite Iran as Source of U.S. Tensions.” Talk about


Not Exactly a Billet Doux

March 11th, 2015 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht Forty-seven Republican senators, unhappy with the prospect that the Obama administration and its five international partners will


The Spring’s Winter

January 31st, 2015 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht Four years have gone by since the “revolution” in Egypt was achieved and President Hosni Mubarak was


The Ayes [Don’t] Have It

August 17th, 2014 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht Two significant anniversaries this month: the 1914 beginning of fighting in World War I in Europe and


Lidice and Its Like

July 19th, 2014 | by Henry Precht

by Henry Precht Lidice was a town in German-occupied Czechoslovakia that not too many people will remember now. It was



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