If Fezes Grew on Trees

Every once and awhile you need to embrace full "tourist mode", I did that in Turkey a few weekends ago. I got excited about every fez and made it my mission to eat Turkish delight. Istanbul is beautiful. I love seeing new places. And being in Austria right now has made last minute adventures all … Continue reading If Fezes Grew on Trees

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Vienna: The City of knock-off Razor Scooters

They are everywhere. I didn’t notice it at first, but after a particularly memorable scooter themed dream I couldn’t stop seeing them everywhere I went. Now I haven’t used a scooter for transportation since middle school (it fit perfectly in my locker when folded), but it seems that Austrians have carried on the trend. Now … Continue reading Vienna: The City of knock-off Razor Scooters

The NPT’s Broken Record

Recently I was able to attend a panel discussion at the VCDNP on the prospects of this year’s Non-Proliferation Treaty Preparatory Commission meeting that will begin in May here in Vienna. One of my professors was actually moderating the panel and opened the discussions with some interesting albeit sobering questions. In many cases, he highlighted … Continue reading The NPT’s Broken Record

The Nonpro Student and the plague of Imposter Syndrome

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud". (provided to you by the ever-credible source of Wikipedia) My graduate school is populated by a large variety of … Continue reading The Nonpro Student and the plague of Imposter Syndrome

Nonproliferation and the problem of the MANel

Being the rather unapologetically energetic nonproliferation student that I am, I force my way into as many nonproliferation-related events, talks, and conferences as possible. Through this practice, I have been able to meet a variety of very interesting and intelligent experts in the nonproliferation field. But I have noticed a rather glaringly apparent problem in … Continue reading Nonproliferation and the problem of the MANel