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In the Wake of the Surge

Michael J. Totten is a foreign correspondent and foreign policy analyst who has reported from the Middle East, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union.

He’s a contributing editor at City Journal and writes regularly for Commentary. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Slake: Los Angeles, Pajamas Media, the New York Daily News, City Journal, LA Weekly, the Jerusalem Post, Beirut’s Daily Star, Azure, and Reason.

His first book, The Road to Fatima Gate, won the Washington Institute Book Prize in 2011. He won the 2007 Weblog Award for Best Middle East or Africa Blog, he won it again in 2008, and was named Blogger of the Year in 2006 by The Week magazine for his dispatches from the Middle East. He lives with his wife in Oregon and is a former resident of Beirut.

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