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A Day in the Life . . .

Brad Kesler, IPS 2014…of Brad Kesler (IPS), an Intern at the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch.

Working at the Terrorism Prevention Branch at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna has thus far been a greatly rewarding experience.

The day usually starts off around 9:00am after going through the U.N. security gates. Once through the gates, I walk past the Memorial Plaza, which includes a large fountain surrounded by all the flags of the Member States. This is one of my favorite parts of the day, not only because I like flags (who doesn’t?), but because it has a particular U.N.-ish feel that is always pretty cool.

Once in the office, if I don’t have any tasks that I need to finish up from the previous day, I usually head upstairs to see what’s crackin’. I work in section III of the Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) which covers the regions of Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa. One of the main goals of the TPB is to provide technical assistance to aid Member States in their efforts in the fight against terrorism. My section organizes trainings, conferences and workshops in those specific regions on various aspects regarding the fight against terrorism. There is always some meeting going on somewhere that requires a presentation to be put together, or proposals to be drafted. My day consists of preparing various presentations on a wide array of topics such as preventing the financing of terrorism in Colombia to drafting a proposal to hold a workshop in Libya on mutual legal assistance, all of which keeps me busy.

Once the day is over, I will once again walk past the memorial fountain and all the cool flags of the world, and head out to fill my stomach with some delicious schnitzel or some other Austrian delicacy.

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