Originally posted by @teinosuke to FreakyKBH
I would say that majoring to the point of expertise in everything geopolitical ought to be a basic, indeed essential, qualification for anyone who seeks high office - particularly anyone who occupies a role which has foreign policy responsibilities.
As a child--without really trying--I learned the names, locations, and basic facts about almost every country in the world.
(If I got confused, it was by misplacing the locations of some island countries in the Pacific or Caribbean.)
I did not have any particular career motive in mind, such as becoming a flight attendant.
My father (naively) once suggested that I consider the foreign service, though, given my
family background, I doubt that my application could have withstood the political vetting.
That reminds me of an incident during the Second World War. The Chinese Communists
had purchased medical supplies abroad and wished to have them delivered (breaking
through the Japanese blockade) via French Indochina. Japan exerted pressure upon
the Vichy French authorities to stop the Chinese from receiving their medical supplies.
A Communist Chinese diplomat was sent to persuade the Vichy French in Indochina.
The French were stunned by her. She was Anna Wang (nee von Kleist), the daughter
of a famous Prussian military aristocratic family. As a fiercely anti-Nazi and anti-racist
German of Marxist sympathies, she married Wang Bingnan, a Chinese Communist then
in exile in Berlin. Acquiring a Chinese passport, she left with him to her new home in China.
Speaking about fluent French, Anna Wang charmed the Vichy French authorities in Indochina
into allowing the shipment of medical supplies to proceed to the Chinese Communists.
Anna Wang later wrote _Ich Kämpfte für Mao_, a memoir of her life.