Political Lessons from the Peace Corps,

by Nathan Hamm on 10/28/2004 · 2 comments

or, how I learned to stop worrying and love Bush.*

* (not really “love,” as it were, but I had to keep the reference intact… the second half of it anyway)

Subscribe to receive updates from Registan

This post was written by...

– author of 2991 posts on 17_PersonNotFound.

Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

For information on reproducing this article, see our Terms of Use


Tatyana October 29, 2004 at 10:16 am

Tried to comment there, Nathan – was slapped with an error page…
What makes you think Kerry would be a good manager? I didn’t see anything in his resume qualifying for this position. Passable PR officer – may be; and anyway, a Co has to deliver on it’s promises at some point – and how Kerry could deliver those enormous social goodies he promises w/o milking lower middle class, the country’s wealth foundation, to death? I’m not even touching his foggy foreign policy – he’s seems to be of same opinion at any given moment as his wife’s French friends at the recent dinner party.

Nathan October 29, 2004 at 11:19 am

Thanks for the tip… I turned blacklist off until I can figure it out.

Not Kerry himself per se, but his people. The one advantage to him is that he’s part of the bureaucratic culture. Bush really let interagency head-butting get out of control, but I think he’s learned a lesson and made some important changes. Personally, I’ve noticed that managerial qualities have perhaps more to do with personalities than experiences. Kerry’s is the kind that works well and feels “safe” for our post-WWII systems. That, in my opinion, isn’t primarily what we need right now. And to be honest, I’ve never much liked the cautiousness of the standard-issue manager type.

That’s a different issue than policies though and only partially related to leadership, in my book though. I don’t think Kerry can deliver on any of his grandiose schemes, but the Democratic base seems not to care too much anyway. Someone in here was bitching the other day about all the jobs lost under Bush and that the only new ones were low-paying. I reminded her that the criticism of the job growth under Clinton was that much of it was part-time, low-paying work. She didn’t care. I guess I forgot that it’s more about rhetoric than performance.

Previous post:

Next post: