Prelude: What to Expect in This Space

August 11, 2010 Topic: Public OpinionPolitics Region: North AmericaUnited StatesAmericas Blog Brand: Paul Pillar

Prelude: What to Expect in This Space

The musings of a seasoned former NIO: perspectives that have been too often overlooked, considerations that have not been sufficiently weighed, and questions that have not been adequately answered or even asked.

The subjects I address will naturally reflect my professional and intellectual background, which includes training as a political scientist (and international relations generalist) and responsibilities in public service that focused on Middle Eastern and South Asian affairs, counterterrorism, and other strategic and political/military issues. I hold opinions, sometimes strong ones, on numerous other topics, but I would consider it an abuse of this space to stray far and often into areas where whatever I have to say would be simple pontification more than expert commentary.

My main measure of success will be less the number of converts to my point of view than the number who say to themselves “that’s a perspective worth considering” or “I hadn’t looked at that subject that way before.” I expect writing this blog will be both an act of self-discipline and a learning experience for myself. I hope you will read enough here that will sufficiently stimulate, educate, challenge, and even provoke you to make it worthwhile to tune in.