Category Archives: General

My Practice FSOT essay question- Responding to School Violence

This Friday I am taking the FSOT exam in order to become a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department.  Today I took a practice FSOT.  I feel pretty good about the results.  Below is the prompt, and my practice … Continue reading

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Is Westphalia just a moment- The Impermanence of the Nation State

As I mentioned in another post, I have been reading Francis Fukuyama’s book The End of History.  In the book he makes the case that modern liberal democracy is the end stage of human society.  It is very well written, and … Continue reading

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On Army Doctrine

As I spend my summer at the U.S. Army War College I have read hundreds of pages of Army Doctrine- something that even the people who write it and work on it consider boring.  Here at the War College they … Continue reading

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Hegel, Hobbes and Fukuyama- The First Man

This summer I have been reading Francis Fukuyama’s book The End of History.  It’s very interesting, even though I disagree with the main idea behind it.  The idea that history can end, and that we are somehow at the pinnacle strikes … Continue reading

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Book Review- Robert Gates “Duty”

  Robert Gates is not a good writer, his book is too long, he repeats himself, but “Duty” is absolutely worth reading.  That sounds strange but Gate’s level of access and ability to present a behind the scenes view of … Continue reading

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AID WORKERS: THESE ARE YOUR LIFE OPTIONS … Just saw this and it was too good not to repost.  I know several people who work in human rights, or aspire to it, and I know expats teaching English who face … Continue reading

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Communism and Cafeterias

Every once and a while I come across a paragraph so sublime that I feel like I have to share it.  This is from a Foreign Policy piece about a resurgent interest in Soviet era food.  The paragraph is about … Continue reading

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Another reason to be skeptical of answering posts on craigslist I don’t normally post stuff that happens in the US, but sometimes there is something weird out there that just needs to be mentioned. ” In an interview with the … Continue reading

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Crackdown on illegal Ivory in Asia Was pleasantly surprised to see this in the Atlantic today and wanted to share it.  The rest of the article is good as well, so I’d encourage you to read it.  Most of the … Continue reading

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5 ways life in Iran is Nothing Like you think I normally won’t link to humor websites here, but this one is pretty good.  With Iran in the news at the moment I’m glad stuff like this is out there … Continue reading

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