Tamara Chalabi is the author of Late for Tea at Deer Palace: The Lost Dreams of My Iraqi Family. She holds a PhD in history from Harvard University and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Slate, and The Sunday Times, among other publications. She is currently the executive director of the Abdul Hadi Chalabi Foundation which runs the organic farming project Green Iraq and a prosthetic limbs fitting pro

Egypt and Iraq were once the most cosmopolitan of the Middle East, and each have endured violent dictatorship and protests, says Tamara Chalabi, who recounts her own family's history.