My American story started when I was picked up at school by my dad. I was age 12. We drove to Baltimore and I found myself standing in an office facing a balding bureaucrat. He asked whether I wanted to be Danish or American. I was born in Denmark seven years after WWII, and quickly decided, in my 12 year old mind that, because the USA had a larger army, that I should answer, "American." Since that time, I've resided in a dozen countries on four continents. Indeed, half my 68 years have been overseas. Partly for that reason, I'm keen on international affairs. I'm particularly concerned now, because there are serious issues in the world. Perhaps most grave, are flashpoint places where war could break out. The Middle East region and areas around China are the most vulnerable.