A year in security

What a year 2011 has been!

Kicking off with the Arab Spring, followed by the deaths (yes, deaths) of Osama bin Laden, Muammar Gaddafi, and Kim Jong-il, and ending with the withdrawal of the US from Iraq, 2011 was mind-blowing. Add to that the Eurozone crises, disasters like Fukushima, earthquakes, floods, and volcanoes. 2011 was the year of headlines.

But, in a year of big news, it’s easy to forget the small things. In this case, I’m talking about the first anniversary of this blog, Security Scholar.

One year ago, I met face-to-face with fellow tweeter, @RogueAdventurer aka Nic Jenzen-Jones, in my hometown of Perth. And what started off as a coffee meeting in Cottesloe has grown into a rewarding and productive collaboration with a great friend over the past year.

Security Scholar is the product of our passion for and interest in the security world. It is a place for Nic and I to advance our ideas while engaging with others. Starting as a few scrappy posts from yours truly, I hope it has become a useful source of information and analysis on Australia-focussed global security and military issues.

First, I’d like to thank Nic for his hard work and friendship.

Second, a big thanks to our readership without which we would have little reason for being. Thank you for your patience while I continue to travel through Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. I have plenty of new material and insight from these travels which will shape future posts.

Third, thanks to fellow bloggers, tweeters and friends who supported us, anyone who endured reading and editing my drafts, and my cats. It has been an amazing year of meeting new friends and colleagues in different parts of the world.

Lastly, gratitude and much respect to those working in dangerous parts of the world, making it a safer and better place. Here’s to another year of headlines. Happy 2012!

Natalie

Note on the photo: While travelling in Cambodia, I noticed a large convoy of soldiers travelling by motorcyle. I quickly snapped a picture as they drove by. I was later told that these were Cambodian police, possibly coming from Hun Sen’s house. It reminded me of this.

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About Natalie Sambhi

Natalie Sambhi is co-editor of Security Scholar. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Perth USAsia Centre, a think tank based at the University of Western Australia. She was formerly an Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Managing Editor of The Strategist. She is a Hedley Bull Scholar and graduate of the Australian National University.