First of all, many thanks to Rachel Maddow for the shout out above. She’s the great one. Keith too.
The link that she is referring to of mine is the one I recently posted on the US broadening its Middle East gambit into Yemen.
I have been pretty busy today — and hope everyone who spends time at TWN had a terrific New Year’s holiday. I’ve been doing my Obama-inspired workouts every morning early, even this morning at about 7:30 am. Feels good.
But I have not been able to post today and will look to my team to post stuff up tomorrow as I’ll be on a long flight to Dubai.
In the mean time, for those interested, I’d be interested in any reactions to the piece I drafted on Barack Obama’s performance for the excellent foreign policy journal, The American Interest. My contribution is called “No Breakthrough.”
Other contributors for the journal’s symposium on Obama’s policy performance over the last year were Jessica Tuchman Mathews, Francis Fukuyama, Walter Russell Mead, Niall Ferguson, Richard Perle, Ronald Steel, Joseph Nye, Robert Kagan, G. John Ikenberry, Josef Joffe, Leslie Gelb, William Galston, Michael Barone, Anne Applebaum, Will Marshall, Steve Clemons (you know him), and Stephen Krasner. All of their pieces can be accessed here.
A lot of folks ask me what they can read to tool up on foreign policy — and my response is usually pretty broad, but it would not hurt to subscribe to The American Interest, which you can do via this link.
More soon — I’ll post from Dubai, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York this next week.
A great start to 2010 to everyone — but as far as I’m concerned, this blog and my work are going to be very focused on trying to get the President and his national security team on a more constructive track — so that I can give them a better grade next year than I am able to now.
— Steve Clemons