I’ve decided to restart the blog with the New Year, hopefully for good this time, and what better way to inaugurate 2014 than to set down a (slightly late) list of wildly inaccurate predictions about the next 12 months? 2013 was in many respects a disastrous year for the Middle East; in discussions with my colleagues and professors we have singularly failed to come up with any major positive stories other than the potential lightening of relations between Iran and the United States.  The prospects for things being better regionally this year are good, but only because 2013 was so … Continue reading 2014