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A New Hope

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The universe is filled with bad analysis. Some of it is intentional—talking heads on TV and the radio, partisan hacks, and so on—but a huge amount of it is unintentional. Whether through carelessness or a simple lack of realization, all too often the analysis that we rely on to understand the world and make decisions is actually shoddy and unsupported by evidence or reason.

That’s where we come in. At iWAR, our goal is to highlight the problems with analysis out in the world—in particular when it comes to the life-and-death decisions we as a society make over conflict and war. We will sometimes highlight good or interesting analysis (including our own, both because we are shameless and because we appreciate stringent, rigorous criticism), but we will also spend a lot of time talking about the means by which we understand the world. And, just as often, how we do not.

This will, by design, require highlighting analysis we feel is representative of certain ideas and processes—which is a preemptive way of telling writers and analysts to realize that neither criticism nor praise is personal. Frankly, we don’t really care who you are; we only care about the quality of your work.

There will be time later for a more formal manifesto, including from some colleagues, both from within the government and from the outside. But for now, this basic principle will suffice: we will be your ombudsman.

Written by Joshua Foust

February 8, 2011 at 12:13 am

Posted in iWAR