I have always had a deep fascination for international relations. The field is incredibly extensive and produces an endless stream of events, facts, and situations to analyze. Commentators, journalists, and pundits try and make sense of these details, and often resort to using numbers in an effort to clarify the treacherous world of international politics. But who clarifies the numbers? The purpose of this blog is to take a look at the “numbers” of foreign affairs and make sense of them in their broader context. To be clear, this is not a blog about math or statistics – I’m afraid I am in no way qualified to speak on those subjects. Rather, I will take one number or statistic relevant to foreign affairs and use it as a touchstone for an analysis of the issue.
I founded this blog to share my own opinions on key foreign affairs/international politics news. That said, this blog is by no means a one-way street. I would love for you to discuss and debate on the topics I bring up or any other questions that interest you. If you would like to post your own numbers-driven take on the news, I would be happy to look over your submissions and post them on this blog! If you are interested in submitting, please use this link, or reach out to me via email or social network – I promise I’ll do my best to get back to you promptly!
Finally, a little bit about me: I am a recent graduate of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Being at the Elliott School and in Washington DC has undoubtedly sucked me further into the world of international relations that I first discovered as a child growing up between France and the United States. That said, I consider myself to be a Parisian – thus explaining the unusual emphasis that I place on French/European politics. My two main centers of interest are European Politics and Energy policy but I will try my best to diversify this blog to the extent that I can. I am fairly active on social media and would invite you to follow me on twitter @_GAJulian or connect with me on linkedin – just use the links below!