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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.

Take back “realism”

One of my favourite podcasts Philosophy Bites recently featured a political philosopher, Raymond Guess, that made me begin to rethink my take on political realism. He describes three different senses in which the term “realism” is used. The first is … Continue reading

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Book launch: The Handbook of 5GW

The Handbook of 5GW, edited by our blogfriend Dr Dan Abbott, and contributed to by your correspondent and a number of other blogfriends, has been released on the Kindle! Buy early and buy often. The dead tree edition will be … Continue reading

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Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World

Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford is on the one-hand a post-revisionist biography of the world’s most successful conqueror, and on the other a social, political and economic history of the impact of the … Continue reading

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Dutch War Tuba!

Via mechamecha. Learn more about air acoustics. Also see “Russian”:http://cominganarchy.com/2008/03/19/смотреть-russian-war-tubas/, “British”:http://cominganarchy.com/2008/04/13/i-say-there-war-tuba/, and “Canadian”:http://cominganarchy.com/2008/05/24/war-tubas-eh/ war tubas.

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Solidarity 2: Mohammed as a dog

Mohammed as a dog by Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks. Predictably, the result: An al-Qaeda front organisation then offered $US100,000 ($A110,730) to anyone who murdered Vilks – with an extra $US50,000 ($A55,365) if his throat was slit – and $US50,000 ($A55,365) … Continue reading

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Book review: The Accidental Guerrilla

Upon handing in the first draft of my master’s thesis, my supervisor subtly criticized my magazine-influenced writing style. He gave me an invaluable piece of advice concerning academic writing: “Keep it dry. Nobody is going to read this for pleasure.” … Continue reading

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Army visits Apple

My two worlds come together in this article from Ars: Army officials get VIP tour of Apple, talk mobile tech. Here is the key quote: Our job, as stewards of the taxpayer’s dollar, is to adopt and adapt appropriate commercial … Continue reading

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“Extremely” funny

This movie trailer for Four Lions made me “explode” with laughter. “You are gonna die in that gear, lads.” “S’all for a good cause though…” Innit, though?

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Kaplan in Tokyo Report, Part 2: Reception

Part 2 of my obsessive compulsory coverage of Robert D. Kaplan’s trip to Tokyo. Yours truly with Robert Kaplan, Tokyo, 12 March 2010 After Robert D. Kaplan spoke at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, I approached him and he graciously invited … Continue reading

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Kaplan in Tokyo Report, Part 1: Speech

What follows is a description of my experience, in fanboyish detail, of Robert Kaplan’s speech at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation on March 12, 2010. I was lucky enough to sit and chat with Mr Kaplan for more than a half … Continue reading

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