From the hills of Srinagar to the coasts of Beirut, I jumped borders fast, and posted often. Without the guidance of regional experts, local journalists, friends and kind strangers, I never would have been able to get my feet on the ground as quickly as I needed to, find stories, and get some grip on the complex dynamics that define each nation's relationship with the U.S.
For your time, your help translating, your leads, your edits, your warnings, your explanations, your patience and your encouragement, thank you. Thank you for making this the most exhilarating and enlightening year of my life.
Thank you Natalie Ahn and Lauren Keane for making it happen right.
Thank you Caryle Murphy for your guidance.
Thank you Maria Cereghino, David Waters, Nuzhat Naoreen, Tom Kennedy, Pierre Kattar, WPNI's design, marketing and PR teams, Dan Murano, Chet Rhodes, Sally Quinn, Jim Brady, Caroline Little, Don Graham and WPNI for your support.
In Los Angeles, thank you Bijan Ganji and family and Shahriar Meshkati for helping launch this.
Finally, thank you readers, and commenters, particularly Bobbie Neal, Holiday Dmitri, Vic Van Meter, Zathras, JRLR, Ricardo Sanchez, Berry, Toro, Metin and Tom Wallach. You gave me guidance, feedback, moral support, fierce criticism at times, and consistently engaged in insightful discussion on the threads, making this project worthwhile.