Jasmin Mujanović / @JasminMuj As part of the Emerging Democracies Institute’s (EDI) continuing effort to become a leading voice in foreign policy debates in Washington, it is with tremendous excitement that we present the new EDI blog. Though we already began making posts at the end of 2013, we’d like to take time in this New Year to spell out our vision more clearly. The idea is to use this venue for two purposes. First, we will aim to collect, in one place, some of the very best international policy analysis currently being published on Southeastern Europe (SEE), the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Transforming our readers into partners in the democratization process, we believe, begins first by making sense of what is often a seemingly impenetrable mess of information on display through social and traditional media, as well as academia. We intend to arm our readers with the knowledge and insights necessary for them to become genuine partners to the emerging democracies of these regions. As such, our second goal will be to attempt to become a platform for original contributions from informed analysts and scholars, with an eye, in particular, towards practical policy critiques and suggestions. While we believe alternatives are possible, we also believe that we have a responsibility to clearly articulate these alternatives. In sorting through existing media and publishing our own contributions, clarifying alternatives will be one of our principal aims. We believe that this blog can become a forum for engaged and informed dialogue on the democratization process, a forum of the sort not currently available. The fusion of our virtual presence with our on-going events calendar will hopefully make this space more accessible than what we have come to traditionally expect from established policy initiatives. Across the globe, new, democratic polities are being born through the struggles and efforts of determined masses. We cannot nor should we determine their destinies but we can offer guidance to their young leaders, create new alliances and promote global security. In the meantime, we invite our readers and followers to send us their suggestions and comments through our Facebook and Twitter pages. We look forward to hearing from you and do check back shortly for our first piece of media commentary.