Reach 364, Radio Check.
I’m back in the blogosphere. Boy, did I miss it. There were so many times I nearly reopened this blog, despite my security concerns: when I was in Cairo on the morning the Egyptian revolution began, when Peter King’s radicalization hearings were filling the news, when I met some hip young Jordanian reformers–only to watch them get beat up by police and overzealous “patriots” the next day. It’s been a busy year for people who care about the Arab and Islamic worlds, and it was hard for me to keep quiet.
However, I recently finished my time in Jordan. Now that my security situation has changed, it’s finally time to re-join the conversation. I plan to continue fulfilling this blog’s original purpose: multiplying the impact of my Olmsted education by sharing what I’ve learned.
In addition to commenting on current events and issues, I hope to review some of my more valuable experiences and insights from the past year. In some cases these observations will be dated, but I hope they will still be useful. In any case, I’m glad to be back and looking forward to sharing with you.