Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Brief Farewell For Now

Dear Readers,

  The new year is a time of transition.  In the Middle East, regimes struggle to retain power while the people seek reform.  In the United States, the discussion of norms against chemical weapons have entered a new level of self-awareness.

  It is a time of personal transition as well.  Having advanced to Ph.D candidacy over the summer, I'll be conducting extensive research that I look forward to sharing with you.  However, my schedule will be extremely busy and fraught with travel - including several trips to the Middle East.  

I am therefore taking a temporary hiatus from blogging and tweeting until Spring 2014 in order to focus on this research.  I will update this blog when possible but I won't be on any regular schedule until Spring.  Upon my return to blogging, I will be expanding the focus of these posts in exciting new directions that I am looking forward to sharing with you.

In the meantime, I encourage you to read the other excellent analysis to which I link frequently on this blog and on Twitter.  Now more than ever, Middle East policy is an area where smart analysis is a necessity.  I invite you to listen closely, discuss vigorously, and question frequently.

Best wishes for a successful and healthy winter, and see you in the Spring.

The Confused Sheikh