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© 2019 by Mark Konold

Analysis, articles, and reflections spanning my interests, life, and work.

December 11, 2018

We have twelve years to save the planet. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have less than two decades to make the significant strides necessary to avoid catastrophic and truly irreversible impacts of global climate change accelerated by our use of fossil fuels.


June 2, 2017

Before I launch into my missive, let me just point out Trump announced withdrawal from the Paris agreement on the official first day of hurricane season. Life is never short of irony.

Before all the focus turns back to the administration’s attempts to obfuscate the truth and obstruct justice, just...

July 2, 2015

The United States’ decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba is about as big a foreign policy shift as I think I’ve seen in my lifetime. It’s certainly the largest since I really started paying attention to these things at the turn of the century, it’s long overdue, and it’s the right move.


May 3, 2011

There’s nothing I can offer on the death of Osama bin Laden that pundits and experts everywhere have not already covered. Quite possibly the world’s most wanted fugitive has finally met his end. For as brutal as the September 11th attacks were, I hesitate to use the word “justice” because rarely doe...

December 4, 2009

I have a long list of topics I could write about but the one that is in my craw right now is the President’s address two nights ago regarding a way forward in Afghanistan. A group of us watched it at school, largely as a study break.

In short, it sounded like a much more coherent explanation of what...

August 10, 2009

I don’t know why but I want to go on record for this: Barack Obama has done nothing to deserve a Nobel Peace Prize except not be George W. Bush.

I understand – or at least I think I do – the committee’s desire to honor the impact Obama’s arrival on the world stage has meant to the global community. O...

February 4, 2009

I knew two things about Sarajevo growing up:

1. It hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics

2. Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated here in 1914, precipitating the First World War

However, I confess I may have once conflated the two on a history exam and stated the Archduke was assassinated AT an Olympic ceremon...

December 9, 2008

Second trip to Rome, second global figure: General David Petraeus.

One of my professors is the director of the Center for American Studies in Rome and he invited a handful of us to the eternal city for a small briefing choc full of military brass and civilians - about 100 in all - to listen to the ne...

November 5, 2008

No words will really do justice to this moment but I’d be remiss if I didn’t jot down the experience overseas.

Polling places back home opened at eight o’clock, which was two o’clock in the afternoon here. So well before those waking up in the nifty fifty were buzzing about today’s election, a group...

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