27 October, 2010

Where did it go?

Watching (and rewatching and loving and rewatching...): BBC's cracking new Sherlock
Listening to: Mc5, 13th Floor Elevators, Staple Singers, Coltrane, & fair bit of trad. Kurdish stuff
Reading for fun: The Psychology of Proof
Pondering: election night playlist - everything goes better with music (even inevitable, demoralizing wins by troglodytes & philistines); MacBook Air 2.0; some proper tea at 10

Dear, God. Wow. Nigh November now, which means almost December, which means almost finished here. My. Really, it's too deep in the semester to have much of importance or clarity to report. Still not sure where I'm going for my final internship now that Armenia fell through. I mentioned that, right? Turned out they want to do surveys & need interns with language skills other than mine. Thus, flux. Do know I land in Istanbul on 21 December and grateful to be back in the great city with friends. From there is anyone's guess at the moment. Which would be fun, if this internship wasn't so important to me. Not just a feather in the cap and all.
Anywho...back to working on policy briefs (urban refugees, survival migrants, Iraqi refugee crisis). I do love my policy briefs.

24 October, 2010

Sharpening focus

It's a rather profound thing to figure out what you're doing in a grand sense. I think, after all these years, I've gotten there or at least am headed in the right direction. It's a been a long process of pulling the bits and pieces together and discerning patterns, meanings and messages.

Who am I? A believer. I believe in multilateralism. Yeah, I do. My passport may say USA, but my vision is quite a bit wider than the horizon. As people have noted, I'm so macro-focused I'm meta.

What do I work on and want to keep working on? Forced migration and refugee issues.
It's no longer 1951, but the global refugee regime is a bit stuck there. Some are advancing some interesting ideas as to how we dislodge the regime from the mid 20th-century and I want to be in the middle of that discussion. "Survival migration", the urbanization of the world's refugee population, global policy diffusion, updating responses, use of soft law to expand the UNHCR mandate - Should we? Could we?...these are the things I love to wrestle with.
This is what I've dedicated my time and efforts toward recently and the direction in which I hope my work leads.

Some people find their focus naturally. Some are born with it. Figuring out mine has taken a bit of doing, but I think I'm getting there.