I’m André Harris: born in Australia, lived in Ukraine for 5 years, then in the Netherlands for 6. I feel like a world citizen, but according to 20th century nationalist Otto Bauer, this background makes me “generally little loved, the object of suspicion”. Fair enough. I finished high school in 2012 then took a gap year to pick fruit in Australia and backpack in South East Asia.
Now I’m back in the Netherlands, in my last year of International Studies at Leiden University’s campus in The Hague. This autumn and winter I’m also a delegate at United Netherlands, being trained in public speaking, negotiation and Model United Nations, and joining the United Netherlands delegation at MUNs in Oxford and Harvard. It’s probably the most intense but rewarding thing I’ve done at university.
I’ve followed the news all my life, and am interested in foreign policy and conflict between nations, basically the subject of this blog. After university I’m aiming to become a foreign correspondent in either the Middle East or Asia. Apart from the news, I love travel, reading, socialising, and having a pint.
You can connect with me on Twitter at @YW_Explained