James Thuo Gathii (Albany): Irregular Forces and Self-Defense Under the UN Charter. John C. Richardson (JMR): Stuxnet as Cyberwarfare: Applying the Law of War to the Virtual Battlefield. Benjamin Davis (Toledo): What War Does to Law. Tawia B. Ansah (FIU): Lawfare: A Rhetorical Analysis. Laurie R. Blank (Emory): After "Top Gun": How Drone Strikes Impact the Law of War. Fernando R. Teson (FSU): Humanitarian Intervention: Loose Ends. Jeff McMahan (Rutgers): Pacifism and Moral Theory. Moshik Lavie (Paris I) and Christophe Muller (Marseille): Incentives and Survival in Violent Conflicts. The idea of recording, identifying and acknowledging each individual victim of armed conflict — and holding to account those responsible — extends the principles underlying the laws of war. Can women change the way we think about war? A comprehensive new study, "Costs of War", suggests that the costs have been wildly out of proportion to the benefits. A review of Morality and War: Can War Be Just in the Twenty-First Century? by David Fisher (and more). Drones are a palpable option for presidents fighting terrorism, but are they making war too easy? Good Fences: Alex Rutherford et al. on the importance of setting boundaries for peaceful coexistence. "Messengers of Death": Are drones creating a new global arms race? Libya’s Punk Revolution: The fighters who toppled Qaddafi were poorly organized, but their victory could signal a new type of insurgency warfare. From TED, Guy-Philippe Goldstein on how cyberattacks threaten real-world peace.
A new issue of Essays in History is out, including Jeff Ludwig (Rochester): From Apprentice to Master: Christopher Lasch, Richard Hofstadter, and the Making of History as Social Criticism. The long life of Homo sovieticus: This week’s elections and upheavals in Russia show how hard it is, 20 years after the system collapsed, for the country to put away its Soviet past (and more from Foreign Affairs and more). Camus wrote, “Life is a sum of all your choices” — the same can be said of all the things that just happen to us, and lucky you, Hunch has correlational data for both. 254: That's how many professors could be paid $50,000 annually for 20 years if we reallocated the money the Anaheim Angels used today to sign Albert Pujols. A review of Otto Neurath: The Language of the Global Polis by Nader Vossoughian. How the potato changed the world: Brought to Europe from the New World by Spanish explorers, the lowly potato gave rise to modern industrial agriculture. An excerpt from Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself — and the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future by Harriet A. Washington. Up in Smoke: Did the idea of a legal war die along with Muammar al-Qaddafi? Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson on how to free Congress’s mind: Members of Congress need to change their minds about compromise, or voters will need to change the members of Congress.
Mariana Valverde (Toronto): Seeing Like a City: The Dialectic of Modern and Premodern Ways of Seeing in Urban Governance. Dean Stansel (FGCU): Why Some Cities Are Growing and Others Shrinking. Michelle Wilde Anderson (UC-Berkeley): Dissolving Cities. From The American Conservative, a symposium on Jane Jacobs’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities. From n+1, the City by City project gathers reports from as many American cities as possible, to see how things are going and what can be done, including Baltimore, Milwaukee, Northern Kentucky, Greensboro, the District of Columbia, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Chicago. Why city rankings always get it wrong: Happiest cities, most livable cities, loneliest cities — the Web's filled with lists. Why do cities get so little respect from state and national governments? An interview with Richard Florida, author of Who’s Your City? How the Creative Economy is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life. Joel Kotkin on the demise of the luxury city. Variety show: A new way to measure a city’s diversity. Ryan Avent on one path to better jobs: More density in cities. Nate Berg on defining cities in a metropolitan world. Are freeways doomed? Several cities are tearing down highways, creating bold new public spaces — and building a future without cars. Suburban hip is where it’s at: UBS might like Manhattan — but for all the talk of an urban renaissance, most growth is happening beyond the city. Could you actually be hurting the environment by going green and moving to the suburbs?