Peter Blair
Peter Blair grew up in Northern Ireland and graduated with a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham and an MPA in International Development from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. He worked on conflict resolution in the Middle East before serving as an international election observer for The Carter Center in Guinea, Côte d'Ivoire and Nepal, and for the International Organization for Migration Iraq. He currently lives in Washington DC.

Entries by Peter Blair

Men Don't Understand Women

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Let me rephrase. Men don't understand what it's like to be women. Much in the same way that I can never understand what it's like to be a black man in America, I also can't understand what it's like to be a woman. But I think it's time we tried...

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Rape in Syria and Egypt - A Policy Priority Ignored

(28) Comments | Posted July 21, 2013 | 7:00 PM

The coverage of the unravelling situation in Egypt and the Syrian conflict has been unremitting to the point of densensitization. Fears of regional spillover, the growing number of European jihadists who could prove a future threat and the escalating refugee crisis dominate the headlines but there is one...

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Grad School - The Thief of Time

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2013 | 3:19 AM

A lot has happened at Princeton this year - Anne-Marie Slaughter left to head the New America Foundation, an ill-conceived op-ed made it sound like Princeton was a place where young women came in hopes of finding a man and little else and Professor Nan Keohane...

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Olympic Security: A Herculean Task

(10) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The London Olympics are nearly upon us, and while a lot of the focus is going to fall on how disorganised the whole affair will inevitably be, I'm shaken more by the opportunity it presents for a large scale terrorist attack. I'm usually the last person to jump on board...

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Nobody Can Have It All, and That's OK

(4) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 7:00 PM

A lot of excellent pieces have been written in response to Anne-Marie Slaughter's thought-provoking piece on the fallacy of having it all.

If you haven't been following the back and forth so far, you should have a look at why we should man up, and...

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A Meritocracy of Ideas in International Development

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 11:08 PM

As a relative late-comer to Twitter I had been hugely sceptical of what it could really add to my life. For a long time my adage was "if you can say it in 140 characters, it's probably not worth saying," (blame Aaron Sorkin for Jed Bartlet's adage of "

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A Fragile State of the Union

(1) Comments | Posted January 29, 2012 | 2:36 PM

The challenge facing America now is arguably greater than that facing the U.S. at the end of WWII. Victory in Europe and the Pacific delivered a much needed sense of achievement and resolution to the attack on Pearl Harbor. This has not been the case in Iraq or Afghanistan. While...

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Airport Security: A Decade of Madness

(119) Comments | Posted January 2, 2012 | 3:04 AM

As I sit here in Heathrow Terminal 4 having just finished eating some sub-par airport food with tiny cutlery, I can't help wondering if we've done more in the last decade to create a perception of being under constant terrorist threat than to come to terms with how much of...

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Congo Holds Its Breath, the Media Does Not

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 6:00 PM

You could be forgiven for thinking that the elections in Egypt are the only elections happening in Autumn 2011 - such is the blanket media coverage accorded to it over the other elections taking place around the world. However, other elections are taking place. Horrific violence plagued Nicaragua's elections amidst...

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Israel/Palestine - Forget the Last Two Years

(11) Comments | Posted October 24, 2011 | 4:16 PM

No doubt the negotiated release of Gilad Shalit after five years in captivity will end up lost in the furore surrounding the death of Muammar Gaddafi, but in many ways it has more potential to affect the future of the Middle East than the sorry end to the erstwhile dictator's...

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Destroying Schools, Destroying Hope in the West Bank

(11) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 12:00 AM

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestinian refugees recently published a worrying story about the proposed demolition of Khan al Ahmar in the West Bank. The 180-person community is slated for demolition to make way for the expansion of settlements in the Ma'ale Adumin area,...

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Getting it Right After Gaddafi

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2011 | 8:34 AM

Immediately following a regime change there's a period known as the 'golden hour' of maximum possibility (coined by James Dobbins in RAND's The Beginner's Guide to Nation Building). The most important aspects of which are to secure the security sphere and implement the rule of law.

Iraq showed...

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Famine? What Famine?

(0) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 5:45 AM

East Africa stands on the brink of a humanitarian disaster unlike any we've seen in the twenty-first century. The scale of this disaster is so large that it can be almost impossible to comprehend, so let's try to put what's happening into context.

First off, let's take a look at...

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Riots Are the Symptom, Not the Disease

(12) Comments | Posted August 12, 2011 | 9:31 AM

As is always the case after any unexpected social schism, policymakers and journalists are all casting about for something to blame for the riots. The current leading candidates seem to be either the ineffectual government response to the initial trouble or some wishy-washy 'these people have political goals' explanation. However,...

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What Norway Should Teach the Media About Covering Terrorism

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 7:35 AM

I wasn't alone on July 22nd in thinking that the attacks in Oslo and Utoya bore few of the hallmarks of Al Qaeda, but it certainly didn't seem that way to anyone watching rolling news coverage of the events unfolding in Norway.

News stations were extremely quick to wheel out...

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