patrick lynchI’m writing this from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where I am participating in meetings representing the US Government and counterparts from the Emirates. I graduated in December 2002, since that date I have lived abroad for over three years, earned a master’s degree, and traveled to more than 30 nations. While living abroad in Vienna, Austria, I was employed by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Interestingly, in 2005, the IAEA and its Director won the Nobel Peace Prize, and, as a staff member, I have the privilege of being a part of that accomplishment. I currently reside in Knoxville, Tennessee, where I work for Oak Ridge National Laboratory, sponsored by the Department Of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. I am also currently enrolled in the University of Tennessee’s Ph.D. Global Security program.