I am in LA briefly to present the NATO and Afghanistan book. It went well, with some very useful comments from the discussant and from the audience. Great timing, as I am in the middle of writing the conclusion and some of the comments definitely addressed the big questions. So, other than the talk, what did I learn and/or was reminded of?
I love Southern California. The rain yesterday made for wonderfully clear skies today. The palm trees, the hills in the distance, and all of that made for a very nice scene. I hadn't realized that Shriner's Auditorium, site of the Emmys, is next to the campus.
Next stop (after going home for a few days): William and Mary. Probably lovely in the fall. Certainly great friends await. And probably heaps of useful criticism. But the Mexican food and the palm trees will probably be lacking.