Introducing the 2013 Gelber Prize finalists: today's nominee, Paul Bracken

Over the past few days, we've been sharing interviews with the authors nominated for this year's Lionel Gelber Prize. A literary award for the year's best non-fiction book in English on foreign affairs.

The award is sponsored by the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto in cooperation with Foreign Policy. The interviews are conducted by Rob Steiner, former Wall Street Journal correspondent and director of fellowships in international journalism at the Munk School.  

Next up is Yale political scientist Paul Bracken. Here's the jury's citation for The Second Nuclear Age:

The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, Danger and the New Power Politics by Paul Bracken urges an end to complacency about nuclear strategy post-Cold War. With deep personal experience in the field, Bracken examines regional nuclear theatres that barely existed under the 20th Century's duopoly, and makes the case for new paradigms of conflict management in a far more volatile nuclear game.  This is a cautionary treatise of profound potential significance in a newly multilateral world." 

You can listen to the interview here.


Palau Uighur takes relocation into his own hands

Adel Noori, one of the Uighurs released from Guantanamo Bay to the island of Palau in 2009, who was reported missing last week, has actually relocated to Turkey, say U.S. officials. McClatchy reports:

But U.S. officials had known since late last year that Noori had grown impatient with U.S. efforts to find him and his Turkish wife a permanent home and the couple had managed to relocate to her homeland.

"He's not missing; he's definitely not disappeared," said one of two U.S. government officials who discussed the episode on condition of anonymity because only the State Department was authorized to answer questions on the matter.

Noori's relocation is particularly impressive given that he is technically stateless and has no travel documents. 

The $600,000 the Obama administration agreed to pay the Palauan government in 2009 to take care of the men has long run out and the country's new government says it will step up it's efforts to relocate them -- though some of the men has reportedly married and begun raising families since arriving on the Pacific island. Noori had been working as a security guard at the Palau Community College.

The State Department shuttered the office that had been working on relocating Gitmo detainees in January.

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