I am also a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and served in the Nepal Army (NA), also known as the Gurkha Army, for 14 years as a Combat Engineer Officer mostly constructing roads and bridges in rural Nepal. During the Maoist Conflict, I switched to Bomb Disposal Operations which involved extensive operational work on Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). I have served as a UN peacekeeper (blue helmet) on two occasions in the Congo (2003 & 2008). In 2009 I took voluntary retirement from the NA to pursue a MA in International Security from the SFS at Georgetown University. Upon graduation in 2011, I worked extensively in Africa and the Middle East for the UN and the Danish Refugee Council, with extended periods in Eastern Chad, South Sudan, Gaza, Ivory Coast, Uganda and Iraq.