International relations in an extremely local sense.  That’s how I spend my days, managing the challenges, opportunities and occasional crises of a private security company in Afghanistan.  Despite my day job, I haven’t lost my fondness for “big-picture” IR, although its sometimes a little difficult to see the big picture past the razor wire.  My life is a microcosm of traditional IR practices scaled down, complete with negotiations with foreign nationals, the give and take of economic incentives and the ever-present threat of violence.  Sound familiar?  It should, its called geopolitics.


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