Leo Panitch (York): American Empire, Capitalist Crisis and the Global South (and the conclusion to The Making of Global Capitalism: The Political Economy of American Empire by Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin). How the idea of global governance became a resource of American power: Mary L. Dudziak reviews Governing The World: The History of an Idea by Mark Mazower. Michael W. Cotter and David C. Litt review America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st Century Diplomacy by Nicholas Kralev. Stephan Richter on Hillary Clinton and the art of defending American power linguistically. Robert Mason reviews Bending History? Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy by Martin S. Indyk, Kenneth G. Lieberthal and Michael E. O’Hanlon. Wes Vernon reviews Full Spectrum Diplomacy and Grand Strategy: Reforming the Structure and Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy by John Lenczowski.
Howard S. Schwartz (Oakland): Reality and Truth in the Politically Correct Organization: The Case of the Dan Rather Memo Debacle at CBS News. The last beat: A murder in Riverside Park changed the lives of a group of Columbia undergrads — did it change literature as well? From Jacobin, brutal either/ors: Sophie Lewis and Hannes Charen interview Drucilla Cornell on family, nostalgia and the failure of formal-equality feminism. Mary L. G. Theroux on women in combat: Women’s lib at last? Trickster and tricked: All gurus try to undermine their followers' egos and expectations, so does it matter if the teacher is a real fraud? The announcement that the bones of English King Richard III have been identified "beyond reasonable doubt" has spurred excitement — and some skepticism — among the archaeological community. The world's fossils are going extinct: It may sound like a strange concept, but fossils are a limited resource and they will run out.
From DarkMatter, a special issue on Post-Racial Imaginaries, including Asha Best on post-racial ironies and counterfactual histories: a commentary on hipsters. From The Washington Monthly, a special issue on Race, History, and Obama's Second Term. Tom Jacobs on Obama's unwanted legacy: The renewed influence of “old-fashioned racism”. From New Politics, Dan La Botz interviews Cornel West on President Obama and the crisis of Black America; and Stephen Steinberg on race and counterrevolution. Black in America: It's not just about the color of your skin. Jennifer Vega reviews Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields. Who is responsible for racial inequality? Joe Pettit wonders. What do we really know about racial inequality? Labor markets, politics, and the historical basis of black economic fortunes.
Maren Behrensen (LIU): Ideal and Non-ideal Theories of Sex. From the International Journal of Communication, Kathleen Mary Kuehn (Christopher Newport): "There’s Got to be a Review Democracy": Communicative Capitalism, Neoliberal Citizenship and the Politics of Participation on the Consumer Evaluation Website Yelp.com; and a review essay on how to make money from subliminal advertising and motivation research by Paul Messaris. Tom Cutterham reviews Bourgeois Liberty and the Politics of Fear: From Absolutism to Neo-Conservatism by Marc Mulholland. Where are they now? Peter Hart on the reporters who got Iraq so wrong. White gold: Mile Dash on how salt made and unmade the Turks and Caicos Islands. Zachary Janowski on how John Roberts weakened the individual mandate. Judge not: Noreen Malone on how the celebrity-industrial complex is eating its tail.
Cara M. Wall-Scheffler (Seattle Pacific): Size and Shape: Morphology's Impact on Human Speed and Mobility. What did our ancestors look like? A new method of establishing hair and eye colour from modern forensic samples can also be used to identify details from ancient human remains. A new analysis of the past 12 million years' of vegetation change in the cradle of humanity is challenging long-held beliefs about the world in which our ancestors took shape — and, by extension, the impact it had on them. Research suggests the last Neanderthals of southern Iberia did not coexist with modern humans. The mask falls: Hunter gatherers may have very egalitarian societies, but evolution says the human love of status runs deeper.