I’ve been hosting an event, and will be hard to reach for the rest of the day. (How to contact me)

I usually post this first thing in the morning, but it’s an unusual day (see below).

Despite the troubling subject matter, I’m delighted with the discussion we just hosted on civil-military relations in Latin America. The panelists were brilliant.

Now that this, last evening’s lecture, and a few other writing deadlines are in the past, I plan to move more slowly for the rest of the day. And for a good reason: this, September 11, 2020, is my 50th birthday.

The family and I will be masking up and going to a fancy restaurant later, and in the meantime I want to catch up on the news (you’ll notice I haven’t posted any links since Wednesday) and my backlog of e-mail and whatsapps.