Christina Kiel (UNO): Non-State Conflict Management and Civil War Duration: Do NGO Interventions Contribute to Shorter Civil Wars? Benjamin Schrader (Hawaii): Forged in War, Battling for Peace. The business of fighting: Mark Reutter reviews A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II by Maury Klein. What makes America so prone to intervention? Noah Berlatsky interviews Stanley Hauerwas, pacifist theologian, on Syria and why "humanitarianism" is a red herring. From n+1, a solution from hell: In honor of the coming Syria intervention, a piece about the Libya intervention (and a response). From Wonkblog, an interview with Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies on how Syria missile strikes might actually work; Ezra Klein on 10 things that could go very wrong if we attack Syria; Lydia DePillis on three big ways the U.S. could help Syrians without using the military; and Brad Plumer on everything you need to know about Syria’s chemical weapons. Don't worry about chemical weapons becoming the new norm. There is no better evidence of the long shadow that the Iraq war continues to case that, while in 2003 the British Parliament supported intervention against the mere possibility that weapons of mass destruction might be used, ten years later the British Parliament voted against it after they had actually been used (and more). Tom Engelhardt on Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and making war in children’s culture; and on Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Rambo, Red Dawn, and how a tale of American triumphalism was returned to the child’s world.