My most recent online "publication" (not sure what to call it really) on World Policy Journal's blog: http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2013/05/13/resource-wealth-curse-or-gift
The piece argues that when central governments are weak, resource wealth has the potential to give indigenous regions independent resources to achieve their goals; but strong central governments will exert more pressure on these regions when they feel they might loose access to these natural resources and perhaps the territory itself. I compare the experience of Iraqi Kurdistan, China's Xinjiang, and Russia's Tatarstan to offer concrete examples.
The article seeks to re-create the "resource curse" argument, by showing when resources are indeed a curse, and when they can be a gift.
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.