Happy Thanksgiving!

I try to keep some distance between the personal and the professional here on the blog. But in thinking about everything I have to be thankful for this year, WPR is pretty high up on the list. Over the course of the past few years, it’s been a central focal point in my life, and it’s very gratifying to know that it has also become a daily fixture for so many readers. In the sense that WPR has become a meeting point for so many people with a passion for international affairs, it has also become a community. And so I thought I’d take a moment to recognize that community.

To begin with, there are all the contributors, spread out around the world, who never fail to amaze me with their intellectual curiosity and professionalism.

There are also all the bloggers who I don’t link to often enough and don’t recognize as much as I should, but who have welcomed me and WPR into an ongoing discussion that challenges and informs me.

It’s hard to explain how lucky I feel to be able to work with WPR’s columnists on a regular basis. Every day, I learn something from them, and it’s really a great privilege to be exposed to such insightful and creative minds, such generous intellects, and such nice people.

Then there’s the WPR team, whose energy and spirit is truly inspirational, and whose cohesiveness is simply phenomenal. It’s a class act that starts at the top and goes all the way through, and I’m extremely grateful to be a part of it.

Finally, there’s you, the readers. I don’t hear much from you, but I know you’re there. And that’s made a big difference in my life over the past few years.

So thanks to all of you.

We’ll be taking it easy for the next four days. There will be columns tomorrow and Friday, and one briefing tomorrow. But besides that, the site will be quiet.

Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!