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My new job

I decided when I started blogging that, since I am a public figure (at least in some countries), there was no point in embracing anonymity at the risk of being exposed; so my real name has been clear here from the start. But I also decided that I would only rarely write unlocked (or even locked) entries here about my job, or work-related stuff.

As a nod to transparency, I am now making it public that I am leaving my current job at the end of this year, and joining a new organisation as head of their Brussels office. I have been in my current position for four and a half years, in the course of which I have expanded my area of operations from the Western Balkans to include also Moldova, Cyprus and the three South Caucasus states.

But I have been on the lookout for a role which would involve more of the advocacy activities which I most enjoy about my present job, and less of the grind of production of research reports, which I don't enjoy doing so much. It also occurs to me more and more that those of us who are working in international politics, and not doing anything about Africa, have to ask ourselves why. I myself became a Balkanist largely by accident.

Thus the move. My new geographical focus will be simultanously more global, but also more concentrated in the countries where I am working; the new organisation currently has a client in Europe and two in Africa, so I am getting up to speed with the literature relating to my new responsibilities. Also on the lookout for office space in Brussels, preferably a bit closer to the European quarter than my current Avenue Louise location.

Come the new year, the number of work-related posts here will certainly decrease still further from the current low level - but that doesn't mean that there will be none at all!

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( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 28th, 2006 07:01 am (UTC)
Congratulations and applause in your general direction!
Oct. 28th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
Good luck in the new job. We look forward to seeing you on the TV even more!
Oct. 28th, 2006 07:57 am (UTC)
Ohh! Fantastic! Best of luck to you!
Oct. 28th, 2006 07:58 am (UTC)
Major congratulations. This is defintely giving me plenty of ideas of what I'd like to do with this darned Political Science degree once I graduate.
Oct. 28th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
Excellent! Best of luck in your new post.
Oct. 28th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
Those are both incredibly cool organisations. Good luck in your new job.
Oct. 28th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the new job! And thanks -- it gives me more hope for our world to know there are organizations out there doing the work you're doing.
Oct. 28th, 2006 09:12 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! Best of luck in your new job. So I take it you won't be coaxed back to run again in North Belfast anytime soon?

Oct. 29th, 2006 05:42 am (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
No chance! (Except, just possibly, as a paper candidate; but even then, I think the party will have better options available.)
Oct. 29th, 2006 07:06 am (UTC)
Hey, congratulations on the new job!
Nov. 1st, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the new job and best of luck. It really does give me confidence that there are people like you giving advice to those whose decisions, rightly or wrongly, can directly affect an awful lot of people.
Nov. 1st, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on the new job. Your new employers seem like some kind of ethical white-collar version of those mercenaries you used to get running around Africa. Now I am wondering if there is a gap in the market for a for-profit organisation providing diplomatic services to dodgo regimes...
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