Launching “Notes on the Periphery”!


“Notes on the Periphery” is a foreign affairs blog focusing on extracting lessons from the world’s “forgotten” conflicts. The primary purposes are to: (1) improve understanding and spur conversation on areas of the world that do not frequent the front page of the New York Times (read: less China, more Congo; less Afghanistan, more Armenia); (2) draw wider lessons from these conflicts (both present and historical); and (3) serve as a platform for budding international affairs scholars like myself to express ideas and sharpen their analytical eye.

While the blog focuses primarily on conflicts on the “margins” or “periphery” perhaps overlooked in the press and elsewhere, no international security topic is off-limits (yes, even China). The true goal of the narrower focus is not to prohibit certain issues from being discussed. Rather, it is to challenge readers and contributors to think outside the box, to blaze a path where few have gone before – by looking at conflicts from a unique angle, bringing in sources previously gone unread, etc.

And finally, as expected, all opinions expressed on this sit are that of the author’s own and do not reflect the views of any other school, organization, or other entity.

Most posts will come from yours truly, primary overseer of the site. That said, if you have an opinion on a topic,please send it along to serve as a guest post! Look forward to having you join the conversation.

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