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PHD Political Science Statement of Purpose for Graduate School, Israeli Air Force Pilot

Many of the reasons why I hope to begin graduate school in Political Science at the age of 63 can be traced to my first major human, civic, and professional endeavor, my time spent in the Israeli Air Force, from 1973 through 1979. First a student and then as a combat pilot, I thought much more about the technical aspects of my duties than I did the political ramifications. I was young and did not have much time to think about the moral issues involved in what I was doing, or concern myself with the place of my nation in history. I lived in the here and now. Now, I want the balance of my life to be a quest for discovery and understanding, not so much of my own personal role, but in the unfolding of political events that have defined my era and will go on to have a great impact on the future of my children and grandchildren after I am gone.

Now, I make the most of the treasure of hindsight, unpacking or deconstructing the many complex ways in which, as a fighter pilot and flight leader, I was a small cog in the wheel of a nearly global, multi-national conflict. My studies have a sense of urgency to me because the conflict between Israel and its Palestinian neighbors has proven to be so central and enduring to the shape of geopolitics today, continuing to threaten the entire world. The entire region is already engulfed in conflict. I watch events in Turkey, Syria, and Iraq very closely, especially Syria.

Our Air Force has always been trained to think that we are only fighting a war of self-defense, which made things much simpler from a moral and political perspective. Now, however, at 63, I am at the top of my game in being able to see, understand, and think creatively about what Israeli fighter pilots have done and what they continue to do in terms of international politics and none of it is simple. I have devoted decades to independent study and reflection on the political and ideological questions of my day. Now, I am more keen than ever to give issues of politics and history my full attention, reading, writing, publishing for another couple of decades, until the end of my days.

I graduated from Tel Aviv University Cum Laude in 1985, completing my undergraduate studies in the areas of Mathematics and Computer Science. From 1987 through 2016, I worked as a business executive helping countless people and organizations along the way with challenges and opportunities in electronics, communications, and computer technology. Now, however, I have retired from the business world. From now on, I look forward to the daily joy of learning only what I find most interesting: politics and national security, the evolution of ideology on a global scale from a critical humanist perspective that emphasizes the importance of inalienable human rights.

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MA Political Science Personal Statement

I want a future that is more cerebral, less people and more books, less social clutter and more appreciation of interior reflection. I want to write. I have spent the majority of my leisure time since adolescence reading. My library contains scores of biographies of leaders, politicians, and businessmen, interlaced with works on history and the literature in Political Science. Although I have never studied Political Science or International Relations in a formal academic setting, I have educated myself in the literature of political affairs for decades and I recently made the decision to retire to pursue the M.A. Degree in Political Science at XXXX University/GSAS. I see your MA Program as an opportunity to prove myself worthy of going on and earning the PHD at XXXX.

My interests are focused on the challenges of democracy in the era of resurging religious undercurrents as well as the manipulation of faith as a political tool that fuels conflicts.  I look forward to an in-depth study of the fragile separation that has existed between church & state in forms of governance long prevalent in Europe, the Middle East and Asia as well as the manipulation of religious and atheistic identities by political figures of the 18th – 21st centuries. I seek a full immersion in the study of  possible win-win solutions for the sustainability of the earth and human kind – the way that this is both facilitated and constrained by the nature of democracy.

I have assimilated into diverse cultures and governance modalities as an owner and/or leader of organizations in 6 countries on 3 continents,  serving as Executive Chairman, President, and CEO of public corporations in the USA, Germany, UK, India, Canada and Israel. I have acquired a proficiency in the positive transformation of international multi-cultural organizations and I hope to put what I have learned to good use at XXXX, also making excellent use of my analytical background in Mathematics, Computer Science, deep learning algorithms, and crowdsourcing techniques.

Throughout my career as a leader in the business world, I have been committed to transforming organizational cultures of multiple geo-local organizations into coherent, amalgamated, multi-national teams working in largely harmonious social environments. I have never lost sight of the importance of a critical examination of past events to inspire teams to collaborate in the shaping of the future trajectory of the organization. At XXXX University, I seek to expand my knowledge base and sharpen my capacity for multi-disciplinary thinking about transnational practices in the context of politics and history.

I feel strongly that I am the best fit for graduate studies at XXXX University because of the thoroughly analytical nature of your coursework. I see your curriculum as the ideal instrument for the research that I wish to undertake concerning the political consequences of cyber-based societies, religion as a political tool in the Internet age, and the relationship between protecting the environment and sustainability on the one hand, and Internet development and access on the other.

I thank you for considering my application to Political Science at XXXX University.


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