Julie is a 22-year-old European citizen with family links to the UK and Germany. She is currently studying Political Science, with a special interest in US and UK foreign policy and British domestic politics. In summer 2010 she will move to Washington DC for a period of six months, to explore the point of view from the other side of the Atlantic. After returning, Julie plans to study International Relations in Oxford or at the LSE. She blogs at Julie's Think Tank.
Why do you blog? > To let off steam and get involved in debates close to my heart.
What has been your best blogging experience? > Getting to know great people I'd never have met otherwise.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Dealing with people who are filled with nothing but hate.
What would be your main blogging advice to a novice blogger? > There are good and bad blogging days. Don't get disheartened.
Who are your intellectual heroes? > 'Heroes' is too strong but it has to be David Hume, Friedrich Nietzsche and George Orwell.
What are you reading at the moment? > Andrew Rawnsley's The End of the Party.
Who are your cultural heroes? > Shakespeare.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > The Royal Game by Stefan Zweig.
What is your favourite movie? > V for Vendetta.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > Containment and appeasement policy.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to disseminate? > Liberal interventionism.
What philosophical thesis do you think it most important to combat? > Racism.
Who are your political heroes? > Tony Blair for most of his political decisions, including Iraq (yes, really). And Bertie Ahern for ending, together with Blair, what has been, on and off, the longest civil war in the history of our world.
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > 'You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.' (Winston Churchill)
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be Prime Minister, who would you choose? > I'd bring back Tony Blair.
What would you do with the UN? > Reform the voting system and adapt the UN Charter to the new challenges of our interdependent world.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > Islamic fundamentalism.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Can I come back to that in 30 years?
Do you think you could ever be married to, or in a long-term relationship with, someone with radically different political views from your own? > Difficult but possible, as long as he would not be a member of the BNP or other fanatic.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > To believe in the power of change.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Running away from challenges.
Do you have any prejudices you're willing to acknowledge? > Despite being culturally tolerant, I hate burkas.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Arguing with CIFers at the Guardian or the Daily Mail (in case the latter publishes you).
What, if anything, do you worry about? > People close to me.
What is your most treasured possession? > The memory of my late mother.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? > Something Irish. I love Irish names.
What talent would you most like to have? > To be able to ease my mind more.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > George Galloway (I can't take him seriously).
What animal would you most like to be? > One of the Queen's corgis.
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