The End of Giuliani

By Richard Norman

Pundits began preparing Rudy Giuliani’s political obituary a few weeks ago as his primary losses piled up and his standing in Florida, his "firewall" state, began to slip. After coming a pathetic third in Florida on Tuesday night, he dropped out of the race the following day. His campaign for president must surely go down as one of the worst in history. Continue reading

Richard Norman

richard1.jpgI’ll make my introduction brief. I’m originally from eastern Canada, where I studied for a degree in literature and philosophy at Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College. After this I traveled extensively in eastern Asia, throughout Russia, and in the Middle East. I spent a couple of years teaching in Japan and Korea.

Following these travels I spent a few months in the Balkans, specifically Vukovar, Croatia, a town razed to the ground in 1991 at the outset of the wars that then consumed the region. My internship in Vukovar, with a small NGO, involved writing an evaluation of the UN mission that had administered eastern Croatia after the Dayton Accords. I became interested in the roots and consequences of violent conflict, and studied at the University of Kent in Brussels for an MA in International Conflict Analysis, writing a thesis on the origins of the recent wars in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently I’m back in Halifax studying journalism at the University of King’s College.

Otto and I have worked on a couple of blogs, most recently 1948, along with another old friend, Nick, who I studied with in high school. Invisible College is not a new version of these older blogs, although it will have some of the same characteristics–it is a whole new blog. We have joined forces with bloggers from the Core to create a site with a deeper bench of knowledge and a profoundly international bent.

I’m not much of a fan of political theory, so my posts will be more driven by events and personalities. I’ll focus largely on war and politics–continuations of each other by other means (TM).