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Phoenix McLaughlin

About Phoenix McLaughlin

Phoenix McLaughlin works at the National Endowment for Democracy helping to foster political development in Asia. Phoenix lives in Washington, D.C. now, but was born and raised in Norway, Maine. In between, he has studied and/or worked in Colorado, Nepal, India, France, Ethiopia, and Augusta. All opinions expressed on this blog are solely his own and do not represent his current or former employers.

The Mainer at the Center of the Cold War

As a blog about Maine’s connections to the world, I would be remiss not to cover the roles individuals from the Pine Tree State have played in U.S. foreign policy. There may be no better person to start with than former Governor of Maine, U.S. Senator, and U.S. Secretary of State, Edmund Muskie. Muskie was […]

Ranked Choice Voting in Other Countries

One of the issues the people of Maine will be voting on in November is voting itself. The ballot will include a question on whether to adopt ranked choice voting, a member of the larger “preferential” voting system category where voters mark their preference for multiple candidates. Ranked choice voting seeks to end the practice of […]

Maine National Guard Deployments: Fighting Precursors to ISIS in Iraq, 2004

There may be no stronger ties to international issues than the military service of friends and family. The deployment of local National Guard units, being as connected to state and local communities as they are, offer particularly clear examples of how Maine is linked to global issues. This is the first of what I hope to […]