Peter J. Munson is a Marine officer, author, and Middle East specialist. He is the author of War, Welfare, and Democracy: Rethinking America's Quest for the End of History (Potomac, 2013) and Iraq in Transition: The Legacy of Dictatorship and the Prospects for Democracy (Potomac, 2009) and . A frequent contributor to multiple journals and blogs, including his own, he was also the Editor of the Small Wars Journal from January 2012 to June 2013. You can follow his Twitter feed @peterjmunson and find his LinkedIn profile here. He is leaving the Marine Corps in summer 2013.