I've been traveling and writing some longer-form essays over the last two weeks, and am about to take off for two weeks in the Middle East. But before I do, I want to put in a plug for the "Revolutions in the Arab World" FP e-book which I edited with Blake Hounshell and Susan Glasser. I'm very proud of how quickly we were able to turn around the book, how well the real-time reporting and analysis stands up, and how beautifully produced the final version really is. From the day we returned from the holiday publishing vacation, FP and the Middle East Channel were all over these historic, exhilerating, sometimes terrifying transformations. The eBook offers a fantastic new publishing format to bring together the best of that analysis, to create something new and lasting out of the frenzy. Check it out.
In the meantime, this seems like a good time to step back and reflect: where do things stand in the great upheavals which have shaken the Arab world over the last two months? What should the Obama administration do about it?