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About Younghusband

Sir Francis Edward Younghusband (1863-1942) was a British explorer, army officer, military-political officer, and foreign correspondent born in India who led expeditions into Manchuria, Kashgar, and Tibet. He three times tried and failed to scale Mt. Everest and journeyed from China to India, crossing the Gobi desert and the Mustagh Pass (alt. c.19,000 ft/5,791 m) of the Karakoram mountain range in modern day Pakistan. Convinced of Russian designs on British interests in India, Younghusband proactively engaged in the nineteenth century spying and conflict over Central Asia between the British and the Russians known as the Great Game. "Younghusband" is a Canadian who has spent a number of years bouncing back and forth between his home country and Japan. Fluent in Japanese and English with experience in numerous other languages from Spanish to Georgian, Younghusband has travelled throughout Asia. He graduated with an MA from the War Studies Department at the Royal Military College of Canada, where he focussed on the Japanese oil industry and energy security issues. He has recently returned to Canada from Japan, and is working in the technology sector.

From Belletrist to Blogger: What progress, and the internet, has done to public intellectualism

I wrote this essay on my personal blog, but when it was retweeted by Adam Elkus, our old friend of Rethinking Security, I thought maybe the (remnant) audience here might appreciate it, or have some feedback. → From Belletrist to … Continue reading

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CA patron saint Robert D. Kaplan has an official home on the web! Check out to learn about his history, see all his articles and books, and to contact his assistant.

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History of Tokyo subway lines map

Shared by +Andrew Wright

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RIP Patrick Leigh Fermor

One of Robert Young Pelton’s favourite authors — and I am certain referenced by Robert Kaplan — Britain’s greatest travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor has died. He was eulogized this week by none other than Christopher Hitchens. UPDATE: Kaplan on … Continue reading

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Melian Dialogue re-enactment

A modern re-enactment of the Melian Dialogue. The actors look more like they are from the Empire than ancient Greeks. At least they are not LEGO. Via diggydivision.

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Intelligent Conversations

TED, the conference whose videos have often been featured on CA, has created a new conversation platform that resembles popular Q&A platforms like StackOverflow and Quora. There are some heavy hitters on there asking questions, and TED is stepping it … Continue reading

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Video: Robert Kaplan on China’s Navy

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Invade New Zealand

Hilarious satire of NZ tourist commercials. Via ARW.

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Best books I read in 2010

Following Mark Safranski’s lead, I would like to post about the best book I read in 2010. I could go the nepotistic route and choose a certain Handbook, but we all know I have better class. I reviewed only four … Continue reading

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DADT Repealed

Nice T-shirt/button design via Tumblr.

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