It's no great secret that foreign affairs is near and dear to my heart, or that the general lack of interest in international problems gets my goat. So for Flashback Friday, I figured I'd share an article I wrote a while back for Literally, Darling on why you -- YES YOU -- should care about foreign affairs.
"Foreign policy and international affairs don’t really have a great reputation among Americans. In 2012, polls showed that only around 5 percent of voters considered foreign policy a top priority. For those of us who care deeply about global affairs, this is discouraging. As is true of a great number of important but complicated topics, foreign policy is vastly underrated and the large-scale lack of understanding has serious ramifications.
Yes, foreign affairs comes across as a bit pretentious. Sure, it’s a labyrinthine mystery that reveals how little you know the more you learn. But there are a lot of reasons why caring about foreign policy, or at least keeping up with a few key issues, is a very good idea."
Read the rest at Literally, Darling. And have a great weekend!
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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