Category Archives: General

Olympic-sized Corruption: A Visual Guide (see link)

While we all wish politics would take a back seat to the athletes and their competition during the Olympic Games, this year’s events in Sochi, Russia make such a dream difficult (if not impossible). Noted Russian netizen activist and anti-Putin … Continue reading

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Brazil’s “Awakening” : A Look at Online Mobilization

Protests in the street and direct challenges to authority are playing an interesting role in this era of greater global information access. These movements have brought down governments in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, and beyond, and have scared many others, including … Continue reading

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Obscurity: Quebec-quoi? A very brief historical outline of Canada’s nation within a state

By most accounts, Canada- like its fellow English-speaking neighbor, the United States- appears to be a country with a unified culture.  This, however, overlooks one of the country’s most important territories: Quebec, home to global metropolitan hubs like Montreal. For … Continue reading

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RIP Weekly News Roundup

A short administrative note: After a bit of deliberation, I have decided to retire the “weekly news roundup” updates (example here) I have been posting on Notes on the Periphery. While useful for myself and maybe for some of you, … Continue reading

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Book thoughts: “Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present” by Max Boot (2013)

Max Boot’s recent book, Invisible Armies, takes an interesting dive into history to extract lessons from past wars—though of a different kind than we are used to reading about in textbooks. Boot’s gargantuan volume (567 pages, plus another 150 of … Continue reading

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April is the cruelest month (guest post)

The following is a guest post from Sam H., a senior at Harvard College studying Economics and Government. As the all too often infamous week of April 19th drew to yet another unforgettable close this year, The Onion ran the … Continue reading

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Obscurity: Celebrating the Birth of a Microstate

Today’s post will deal with the lighter side of international relations.  Here, I will explore a case study in individualist, independent thinking that makes America great.  In honor of the 31st anniversary of the Conch Republic, I will briefly tell … Continue reading

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Launching “Notes on the Periphery”!

Welcome! “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 … Continue reading

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