Welcome to a new blog venture that Andrew Lebovich and I (Aaron Y. Zelin) are starting.

Looking around the blogosphere, we at al-Wasat saw a good deal of specific coverage of certain issues – the Middle East, South Asia, CT, COIN, etc. But we have not seen a website that brings different perspectives on these separate but interrelated issues together. We wanted to change that.

Our goal was to bring together some articulate, interesting, and occasionally funny individuals to write about radicalization, counterterrorism, terrorist ideology, Muslims in the West, and regional issues, all in one blog.

Currently, we have a few individuals that are planning to contribute, but now the blog will mainly feature articles from the two of us. I hope you enjoy our articles and please comment on the blog to make it a vibrant and dynamic place for discussion.

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