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About glacandia

International Relations & Peace and Conflict grad interested in everything from violent non-state actors, reconstruction in conflict zones to health and human services with a little bit of art theft, pirates and hip hop thrown in. Retired artisan baker, avid cyclist and mountain climber. Currently planning my escape...

African Urbanization and its Challenges/Opportunities

Nowhere else is the trend of urbanization more apparent than in Africa. According to the 2001 World Bank Regional report on Africa, by 2025 more than half of the African population will be urban and the urban population will be … Continue reading

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Pipeline update

Good morning, it has been a very long time since I have been able to write for fun, but I have recently been given the opportunity to develop some pieces that have languished in blog-purgatory for an embarrassingly long time. … Continue reading

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Looking forward

In recent weeks I have found myself able to devote more significant amounts of time to studying and researching things I find to be interesting and potentially important. I know no one really reads this religiously but I wanted to … Continue reading

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The Meddling of Myanmar’s Ministry of Information and the Guarantee of a Free Press

Myanmar’s transformation has shocked the world. This transition coming from one of the world’s most repressive and closed countries has garnered attention and support from Western governments and democracy advocates worldwide. The handing over of power to a quasi-civilian government, … Continue reading

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Endangered animals are safe within the ‘fog of war,’ as long as they stay there

Over the past week or so, I have been working my way through the book “A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush.” Published in 1958, long before the Afghan civil war and the US’s global war on terror, it retells … Continue reading

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Democracy, not drones

The Republic of Yemen is a perfect storm of instability. Dwindling petroleum resources, resilient Al-Qaeda presence, endemic droughts, multiple insurgencies, swelling refugee populations, and the aftermath of a brief civil war in 1994 have all combined to make this country … Continue reading

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I figured now m…

I figured now might be as good a time to post some things I have been dwelling on lately because I don’t feel like taking the first of what will most likely be 3 showers today.  Two of the things … Continue reading

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