A new issue of Inside Indonesia is out. From Japan Focus, Mark Selden (Binghamton): Economic Nationalism and Regionalism in Contemporary East Asia. Min Zin (UC-Berkeley) and Brian Joseph (NED): The Opening in Burma: The Democrats' Opportunity. From Solutions, John Richardson and Elizabeth Ong on the improbable resilience of Singapore. The government of Indonesia has responded to UN recommendations to recognize the rights of its indigenous peoples by claiming that none live in Indonesia. Kent Deng reviews Governance in Pacific Asia: Political Economy and Development from Japan to Burma by Peter Ferdinand. Vanishing stocks from dynamite fishing and cyanide threatens centuries-old culture of Sulawesi's gypsy sea people. One of the most persecuted minorities in the world: There has been an escalation in violence against the Muslim Rohinghya people since Burma began its process of democratisation. The world's silliest territorial dispute: Why are China and Japan threatening to go to war over a few uninhabited islands in the East China Sea? All the ingredients for genocide: is West Papua the next East Timor? As Myanmar opens to world, the fate of its forests is on the line.
Andrew Stumpff (Michigan): The Law is a Fractal: The Attempt to Anticipate Everything. Bruce Elmslie (New Hampshire) and Edinaldo Tebaldi (Bryant): Honey, If You Make Me Happier I Won't Cheat on You: The Empirics of Infidelity Revisited. Let's face it: We live in an adulterous society — only hypocrites still claim that high moral codes dominate our love and sex life. From The Public Domain Review, Carl Miller on the strangely troubled life of Digby Mackworth Dolben; and with his enormous range of scholarly pursuits the 17th century polymath Athanasius Kircher has been hailed as the last Renaissance man and “the master of hundred arts”. From AOL Government, Wyatt Kash on how the IRS helps agents deter tax cheats using analytics; and can innovation save the federal government? Dan Verton investigates. The world's oldest undeciphered writing system is close to being cracked thanks to a new technology and online crowdsourcing. An excerpt of Barack Obama in Hawaii and Indonesia: The Making of a Global President by Dinesh Sharma. Robert Zaretsky on how the political legacy of Albert Camus, born almost a century ago, remains volatile.
Robin Kundis Craig (Utah): The Social and Cultural Aspects of Climate Change Winners. From Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, Fabien Medvecky (Sydney): Valuing Environmental Costs and Benefits in an Uncertain Future: Risk Aversion and Discounting. From Diplomatic Courier, Thomas P.M. Barnett and Steve Keller on the globally crystallizing climate change event and four master narratives: Hobbesian States vs. Nature, Rousseauian General Willfulness, Lockean Greater Bad, and Kantian Categorical Catastrophe. Probable cause: Are scientists too cautious to help us stop climate change? Tom Pyszczynski et al. on how drawing attention to global climate change decreases support for war. Global warming is here to stay — and future warming will likely be on the high side of predictions, researchers conclude. David Roberts on the moral logic of climate communication and on what security experts can teach climate geeks about assessing risk. Inconvenient truths: Alan Ryan asks, how many Sandys will it take for us to change our ways? Roger McCormick reviews The Politics of Actually Existing Unsustainability: Human Flourishing in a Climate-Changed, Carbon Constrained World by John Barry.
Meta G. Carstarphen and Bryan J. Carr (Oklahoma): Superheroes in Popular Culture: Of Community, Identity and Media. Jaishikha Nautiyal (NDSU): The Dark Magic of Ideology: Althusser’s State Apparatuses in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. From Foreign Policy, a look at the Top 100 Global Thinkers 2012. From Government Executive, can Obama dodge the second-term trap? The taste for being moral: Thomas Nagel reviews The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt and Dignity: Its History and Meaning by Michael Rosen. Conservatives can't stop: A new Heritage study echoes Mitt's "47 percent" theme — and gets facts and history wrong. The Neighborhood Effect: 25 years after William Julius Wilson changed urban sociology, scholars still debate his ideas — is anyone else listening? Matthew Yglesias on how Amazon is a black hole threatening to devour Corporate America. One, two or three states: What future for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? New York magazine interviews Tina Brown. From Wired, Mark Teppo on how a medieval arms race led to swords capable of killing “tin can” knights; and they cracked this 250-year-old code, and found a secret society inside. Humboldt State University, a public university located in one of California's prime pot-growing regions, has formed an academic institute devoted to marijuana.
Hal S. Scott (Harvard): Interconnectedness and Contagion (“This study engages in a detailed analysis of interconnectedness (i.e., the linkage between financial institutions) in the context of the failure of Lehman Brothers in October 2008 and concludes that interconnectedness was not a major cause of the recent financial crisis”). Daniela Gabor (UWE): Learning from Japan (European) Central Banking in Crisis. From FDL, a book salon on Bull by the Horns: Fighting to Save Main Street from Wall Street and Wall Street from Itself by Sheila Bair. Allan H. Meltzer on his book Why Capitalism? Brian Domitrovic reviews Free Market Revolution: How Ayn Rand’s Ideas Can End Big Government by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins. The illusions of conservative economics: Robert M. Solow reviews The Great Persuasion: Reinventing Free Markets since the Depression by Angus Burgin. Alex Moore reviews The Prosperity of Vice: A Worried View of Economics by Daniel Cohen. Richard Wolff on his book Contending Economic Theories: Neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian. Deirdre McCloskey on the economics of caring: There's something deeply flawed about an economic system that measures utility but not the attachments we feel to another person, or to one's homeland.