Well, as this post by Ricks indicates, this is still a big problem. So, why didn't I go for it?
- Time was short. I needed to assemble a team of scholars quickly.
- It would be a significant diversion from my current research agenda: understanding the domestic politics of countries operating in Afghanistan, the next book on the IR of ethnic conflict (diaspora), the old project on institutions and ethnic conflict that is long overdue.
- A realization that I was not really the right guy to be doing the project--I am no expert on counter-insurgency or in collecting data in war-torn societies. I had a really good question, but I don't know if I could have developed any answers to it. "A man has got to know his limitations." Indeed.