This will be the Middle East Institute's new Editor's blog, in which the Editor of The Middle East Journal -- me, Michael Dunn -- will be blogging on current Middle East affairs with an emphasis on factual background and understanding, not polemic.
Comments policy is going to start off pretty open and liberal -- though you may have to recognize characters in order to avoid robotic spam -- and we'll see what happens from there, given the tendency of the subject matter to generate flame wars. Other guest bloggers from the MEI community may participate, and perhaps someday we'll have a whole family of blogs.
We should get under way shortly, but don't be surprised if the look of the blog changes from time to time. We're likely to tinker with it for a while, but I sense we want to get it up and running and fix the glitches later.
We're beginning on Blogger, but will move it to our new integrated website when ready. Meanwhile you'll be able (at least by the time anyone knows this page is here) to get here through a link on our current website. If you like what you see here, tell your friends. If you don't, tell me.