To paraphrase Shakespeare, All the world’s a stage, and all the international actors merely players. I realize this is perhaps an ignoble way to start the blog, but I have a grand vision for it, so what better way to start than a misappropriation from a great. Working along with that theme, this stage has gotten increasingly small and crowded since the end of WWII. In 1945 the UN only had 51 members, and now there are 193 countries all with a role to play and wants and needs that will all play out in increasingly interesting and surprising ways. Other smaller actors have been pushing their way to the front of the stage giving surprising and startling performances, from armed groups to NGO’s they are all shouting above the din caused by states arguing and deal making amongst themselves.
This blog will be about my increasing understanding about this new world. I am a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, about to finish my first semester, and at the moment starting this blog seems more important and interesting than studying for my upcoming finals and writing my papers. At the school I am focusing on Pacific Asia and Security, so the blog will probably roughly follow these themes, but I’m sure I will include other things as well. I will be staring into the abyss of the anarchy of the international system, won’t you please join me.