A note by Alexandros Sainidis
This has been quite a challenging summer. One of the countries hit by the economic virus is Greece. The coronavirus has butchered tourism in Athens, something which has forced many of us, including me, to seek multiple jobs, more responsibilities, overtime work and alternative ways to make money, in order to support our families and friends. Economies are networks, after all.
This has resulted in reduced productivity. You cannot enjoy running a blog and pushing yourself to deliver quality content while being constantly sleepless and exhausted. The blog is not a paying job. I do wish, however, that it does become a full time job at some point in my life, be it in two years or ten. That, of course, means improving yourself, as a blogger, IR specialist, artist, marketing decision-maker and, a tiny bit, I dare to say, web developer.
This is exactly why instead of publishing weekly newsletters on what is happening in the world, I will now concentrate on my roots as an IR specialist. I will take the time and effort to review the work of the most influential minds in the International Relations discipline and publish my commentaries here with much more flexibility, while simultaneously improving my own knowledge and confidence in what we actually believe in: good, slow cooked content. It takes time thinking, inventing something new.
The newsletter will come back, whenever our human capital permits. Until then, I recommend that you check the “Morning Brief” by Foreign Policy and “The World this Week” by the Economist. These are, pretty much, free resources to use. A team of their people is working on these briefs, as opposed to one person in Pecunia et Bellum, and this is what we are also trying to build: a team capable of delivering intelligence and not simply news.