Okay, that's a little over-dramatic. But it's true: Abu Aardvark as you've known it for the last six years is about to close down. On January 5, I will be joining the launch of the new online Foreign Policy magazine, along with a small, outstanding group of foreign affairs reporters, bloggers, and academics (including Dan Drezner -- the rest of the lineup will be announced quite soon).
Nothing much will change about my blog, other than the location, the name and the look. I will still be writing about Middle East politics, the Arab media, Islamist movements, public diplomacy, Iraq, and all that. The sidebar tags from (mostly) the Arab media will continue. I've been promised complete editorial independence. I'll be doing all the writing and posting myself, directly and without a filter. If anything, I'll probably blog more often and on a wider variety of topics -- but that doesn't mean I'll be ignoring my long-standing interests.
I'm really excited about doing something different. It feels very weird to be joining up with a group project after all these years as a solo act, but it seems like a good time for a change. Six and a half years is a long time to do the same thing, and for a while now it's felt like time to try something new. When I heard the ideas of the team behind Foreign Policy's new site and the identities of the outstanding team they've put together, it seemed like the perfect move at the perfect time.
I will be off-line for the next few days. I'll update with the new URL as soon as it goes live, and then "www.abuaardvark.com" will (hopefully) redirect you automatically to the new site, and (hopefully) current Feedburner email subscribers will be automatically switched over without needing to resubscribe (I'll let you know if that tech doesn't work out). I'm not sure about RSS feeds. I'll also be learning a new blogging interface, so there are potential glitches galore.. but they'll all be worked out quickly I trust. (Note-- this site will remain as it is, the archives won't go anywhere.)
Thanks to all of Abu Aardvark's readers, commenters, and fans who have helped make this such a rewarding experience for more than six years. See you all over at the new place on Monday!
UPDATE: this site will remain available for the forseeable future at http://abuaardvark.typepad.com while www.abuaardvark.com will forward to the new site. All archives will remain at their existing URLs. More soon...
UPDATE 2: the new URL: http://lynch.foreignpolicy.com