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