This is a blog about issues in global politics and my opinions on them. The name “from the fourth corner” is a reference to the fact I’m from New Zealand, an obscure corner of the world. Also coming up with blog names which haven’t been taken yet doesn’t leave you with a lot of options…
I’m a student, currently studying disaster management but my background is in the disciplines of history and international relations. I have a bachelor’s degree with a double major in history and international relations, and first class honours in international relations, and I am currently awaiting to graduate with Master of Arts in international relations. My thesis looked at the involvement of women in the peace process on the Pacific island of Bougainville. following the conflict there throughout the 1990s . Generally speaking my areas of interest are conflict and post-conflict environments, nationalism and the state of the nation-state, big power politics, and development, although I will write about whatever takes my fancy. In case anyone cares, if I was forced to adopt a theoretical approach to international relations it would be realism, but I’m not set in stone about that. As well as studying at the moment I’m also working for the New Zealand government which means I should stress that any views expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone unless explicitly stated otherwise.
Initially I was doing this blog anonymously but then I realised that I had posted essays with my name in them as the author, so screw it, if anyone cares my name is Dylan Page.
I’m trying to strike a balance between being clear and informative in my posts, and not getting too dense or academic. I want anyone to be able to read this blog and find it interesting, and maybe join the debate! Feel free to leave comments here or under my posts….