I am not sure if I was just spoiled at MIIS, but I had the impression that coming to the Agency would put me in the midst of a relative safe-haven of nuclear nerds. Little did I know, I was going to quickly identify myself as the nuclear nerd within my first week in the … Continue reading Ok, Maybe Not Everyone Makes Reactor Jokes
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
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
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
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
I don't remember the exact particulars of my dream from last night, but I did find myself seriously trying to remember whether or not humans were able to time travel as I woke up this morning. As silly as it sounds now that I have fully woken up, sometimes our technical advances do sound pretty … Continue reading Cause: Too much Star Trek as a kid
In the wake of L41 and with the next NPT PrepCom coming up this May, many are hoping that we are seeing the start of a shift in the nonproliferation attitude. Many hope that norms are being shifted in the direction that we thought the nonproliferation regime was headed in after the 2008 Prague speech … Continue reading Hopeful Horizons for Nonproliferation?