By way of apology for my recent lack of blogging, I have a little explaining to do. At this moment I am in transit between life as a think tank staffer in Washington, D.C., and a renewed status as a student. Later this month I will begin studying Mandarin Chinese in California, to continue in Beijing from late July onward. Blogging may continue to suffer during this series of travels. On the bright side, however, I will soon be able to add any insight I gain in China, where I will be in the full-time business of learning. Thanks, dear readers, for your interest. We should be back and better in no time.