Robin Wright, we like you. You’re a top-notch reporter on the Arab world and Iran, and you’re written some great books about the cultural and political changes underway in the region. You’re a fixture at DC think-tank events, but that doesn’t mean your analysis is ever condescending or simplistic. You’re able to report on the people you interview with compassion and complexity, and you have great fashion sense. In short, you’re a pro.
Which is why we were so confused by your article and map (excerpted above) in the Sunday New York Times, suggesting that the Arab world may be on the brink of division into a vertiginous series of autonomous ethnoreligious enclaves.