Discussion in 'Leadership and Professional Development' started by skeeter, Nov 10, 2010.
Yes but I didn't think you'd need to introduce yourself after all this time?! :confused:
OPSEC thanks Gypsy. I can't have my stuff being intercepted by the enemy.
OK- I thought I was going to have a couple of more days to work on this, but the deadline is next week and with the very real possibility that due to the hurricane I'm going to lose power and therefore internet access in the next 24 hours, I probably need to get this sent in. I took a couple of hours this morning to throw this together from a couple of things I was working on a couple of months ago.
The attachment below is a response to a call for papers for an overseas international relations journal. The format the article is written in is (for the most part) the format required for submission. Word count is 1500-3000 words, basically they're looking for an opinion article about an international relations topic, particularly one that "challenges conventional wisdom." For anyone who chooses to read it, I could use feedback on the following:
-Does it make sense to you?
-Are there any conspicuous errors or inconsistencies?
-Any questions or suggestions?
Posting a response is fine, or you can PM me. Weather is pretty good here, but once the rains start I'm going to go ahead and call it done so I can get it turned in. I'm going to continue to work on refining it as well, just wanted to post the draft here first. Thanks for your input.
Mara - by the time you start into the "non-state actors" there is a missing arena - modulated public opinion as influenced by the media conglomerates - unless you are lumping those into "super-empowered individuals" and "Major corporations".... wher they loosely fit, but are smaller and larger than the definitions - they are a synthesised and highly volatile incubator for belief (not truth) that an action or policy in the international arena is black, white, or grey... or whether it is obsured by puff pieces to distract the international public.
Case in point for the above - without a good grounding in where and how to look, most North and Central Americans have no clue as to the problems and difficulties in the entirety of the non-mid-east continent of Africa... a general idea there may be drought, or revolution - but no real idea of the immensity of the social, political, economic issues including genocides and slavery... ask where Burkina Faso is.
I would have liked to have seen further development of the interactions and interplay of the various "boxes" on each other and rollout of influences based on the importance of individual components. i.e. high economic and diplomatic influence with low legal and military influence....
Overall, I think it's good stuff - thanks for the read.
Very useful feedback and observations, as usual. I hadn't specifically considered mass-media as an independent non-state category before, but I should have; they are definite influencers of international policy. I went back and added verbiage about "mass media outlets" instead of "conglomerates" to cover the gamut from individual bloggers to massive media corporations. Great suggestion.
I also like the "boxes" idea. I don't have time to develop that right now but if I have the opportunity to write a paper on this in class (you know, once I actually know something about international relations ;) ) I'll probably be able to do something pretty good with it.
I made some other minor corrections and went ahead and sent it in- time to go make sure my house is ready for the hurricane.
I had the above assignment a couple of weeks ago. Here is what I wrote, what would you have recommended?
Without reading all of these posts and without thinking this all the way through (as if I've never done THAT before); one argument against is the same argument that was used against gay marriage. That being that recognizing a union between anything other than one man or one woman is ostensibly a slippery slope that could (would?) result in people wanting to marry their dog, etc.
The problem that I have with those who say that Marriage is a covenant between one man, one woman and God is this; once we as a culture allowed the Government to decide who could and could not get married (ie. a marriage license) we made marriage something OTHER than a covenant between us and God.
A limited missile strike was what I was thinking before you even mentioned it, so I'm quite happy there
(Which is agreement).
I'm looking for data on drug prices within Afghanistan. Specifically, I'd like to know the price of a gram of heroin (or opium) over the course of five years, doesn't matter which ones, between say 1994 and 2011. I'm looking for prices paid by users inside Afghanistan, not the price of a kilogram exported out of the country. Alternately, the same type of information for Pakistan would be useful.
This information was harder to track down than I expected, any assistance would be appreciated.
And you should be able to find the years before that too.
Good find Spit. They have charts on wholesale vs retail even.
I used to find it very interesting in my old line of work to compare what the organisation used to declare as the worth of the seizure (street price), to what it was probably actually worth to the importers.
Thank you both, that information was very useful.
I turned in my paper last week (attached). I had conflicting data when it came to pricing and quantity supplied/demanded (of course, because 1) it's illegal drugs and 2) it's in Afghanistan) and I'm not really sure if I calculated some things correctly but here it is. It's turned in already so I don't need any feedback or comments, but I thought it might be interesting to any of you who are wondering why people keep making such a big deal out of the Afghan heroin trade... anytime you have an illegal industry that represents 40% of the legitimate GDP of your country, there are going to be problems. At any rate, some of the references might be useful to any of you who might write something about the drug market in Afghanistan in the future.
A couple of things I would have added if I wasn't up against a page length restriction were the price difference to the farmer for growing an acre of poppy vs. an acre of any legit good, such as wheat; eradication efforts and degree of success; and the way the opium poppy goes from a plant through harvesting, refining, and into the veins of a user.
Awww you mentioned little old us :)
I thought that was quite interesting. Thanks for sharing.
I didn't read all the background of this thread but I wrote an article on Force Reconnaissance that made it into this month's Marine Corps Gazette.
Sorry , you have to have an online subscription or buy a hard copy. Also they don't pay authors!
Post up a .pdf of what you sent in?
As directed I am posting here to search out information for a paper I am doing for my psychology class. Initially my teacher gave us certain subjects to research and then from there do a paper. I decided against this and instead do a paper on something I would have more interest in. After giving her an outline of what I wanted to do she gave me the OK.
The main question I wanted to try and answer with this paper was do members of SOF units have similar and specific personalities, if so do those personalities positively or negatively affect their ability to be in those types of units? Are people with these same personality types more likely to be attracted to and eventually get through the training of these types of units?
By no means am I looking for someone to do the research for me. I actually held off on asking around here because I did not want to come off that way. I have been searching a lot but most of the things I have found were not specifically about SOF which was my goal, though much of what I have found is still useful towards my overall idea of the paper. Originally the idea came after a thread in the general discussion came with the personality test. I can no longer find that thread (possibly deleted after update) but it showed many SOF types with the same specific personality type. I was hoping to use that as a way to compare against personality types of people within other non-SOF units and then that of civilians.
If anyone would be able to point me in the right direction or give any ideas or criticisms it would be greatly helpful and appreciated. I simply am not knowledgeable enough to know where to look.