Well, I am excited to say that despite all evidence to the contrary, the Small Matters @MiliateMatters.com website/blog project actually attracts attention and some web traffic! Who knew?
Case in point: Two weeks ago, I was asked to serve as a reviewer for the 2014 BTI Report on Mongolia. Check out the 2012 report, here. The BTI-Project is a pretty awesome index that steps in where Freedom House, Transparency International, and Democracy Index stop. I am honored to have been chosen as a reviewer, and completed my assessment last Sunday. I am looking forward to seeing the future report (available in November, if I understood the timeline correctly). The kicker is that I was identified as a potential reviewer because one of the project's managers had seen THIS WEBSITE! Surprise!
On April 9th, I had a short article published online for Asia Pacific Memo. You can see the full memo here. I am starting to look seriously at resource issues, but from the perspective of foreign policy. This memo is my first official step into looking at how international mining investment is influenced by small state foreign policy and security concerns.
In the works: I have drafted another small article comparing Tatarstan, Uighur Xinjiang, and Iraqi Kurdistan's moves for regional autonomy and the role of mineral wealth in these movements. Still working some of the kinks out, but I think it has some potential. More to come.
Analysis, Thoughts, Ideas
This blog will be an online publishing site for smaller analytical projects, news stories that I find relevant to small state foreign policy and indigenous autonomy, as well as a testing ground for new ideas and new projects that I may pursue.