A new issue of Air and Space Power Journal is out. Luis Paulo Bogliolo (LSE): Rethinking Military Necessity in the Law of Armed Conflict. Iver Gabrielsen (King’s College): Why Did Violence Decline During the US “Surge” in Iraq? The guerrilla myth: Unconventional wars are our most pressing national security concern — they're also the most ancient form of war in the world; Max Boot on the lessons of insurgency we seem unable to learn (and more from Foreign Affairs). Justin Green reviews Max Boot's Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present. Is war civilized? Daniel A. Vell reviews The Verdict of Battle: The Law of Victory and the Making of Modern War by James Q. Whitman. Dylan Matthews on everything you need to know about the drone debate, in one FAQ. Tal Tovy reviews Arc of Empire: America's Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnam by Michael H. Hunt and Steve Levine.
From The Nation, a new pope — African, Latin American, woman, nice guy — will change nothing: If the Catholic Church is to change, the first thing that needs to happen is no pope, and certainly not an infallible one. The liberals against affirmative action: With most cases before the Supreme Court, liberals would contemplate a 5-to-4 decision with dread — but the affirmative action case comes with a fascinating wrinkle. One year later, LRA leader Joseph Kony is still at large — but the controversial viral video has changed America’s relationship to the International Criminal Court. Paul Krugman says progressives worry too much about being respectable. It ain’t necessarily so: Justin Schwartz on the misuse of “human nature”' in law and social policy and bankruptcy of the “nature-nurture” debate. Joshua Keating introduces FP's new blog, War of Ideas.
From National Affairs, can the American Dream be saved? Stuart M. Butler wants to know. A dying civilization: Morris Berman on how the American Way of Life has no moral center. Here's what you should know about wealth inequality: It's worse than Americans want it to be, much worse than they think it is, and it's increased over the last few decades. From Wonkblog, is slow growth America’s new normal? Jim Tankersley wonders, and Ezra Klein on a few reasons to be optimistic about the U.S. economy. Michael J. Hurd on the case for optimism about America. Victor Davis Hanson on America's bright future. The state of America’s well-being: A valuable measurement tool called American Human Development Index (AHDI) sheds light on investments that will save taxpayers money and reduce US debt, while ensuring American competitiveness in a global economy.
Sam Erman (Smithsonian): Citizens of Empire: Puerto Rico, Status, and Constitutional Change. Is the filibuster unconstitutional? The Founding Fathers might not approve of today's Senate. Scott McLemee reviews Captain America and the Nationalist Superhero: Metaphors, Narratives, and Geopolitics by Jason Dittmer. The Post-Gladwellian Paradox: Stan Tsirulnikov on why intuitive is the new counterintuitive. How Timbuktu saved its books: Tristan McConnell goes behind the rescue of Mali’s historic manuscripts. The end of the Earth: For decades the very word Timbuktu seemed to convey a place that time forgot. Russian scientists say they've found “unclassified life” in Antarctic Lake. Kate Shellnutt on the problem with Christians doing the “Harlem Shake”. From Gangnam Style to the Harlem Shake, Olivia Cvitanic on why we just can’t resist a dance craze.
From Wired, Robert McMillan interviews Victor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier, author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think (and more and more and more). For advocates of “big data”, the answers to problems lie in the questions we ask online — but will evidence send us in the right direction? Evgeny Morozov on the curse of “You May Also Like”: Algorithms and “big data” are good at figuring out what we like — and that may kill creativity. The past several years have seen virtually no meaningful debate over the rapidly growing presence of big data — and unless we act quickly, the brief window of opportunity to shape the contours of data accessibility may close as well. Should we use big data to punish crimes before they're committed? Spurious correlations everywhere: Geoffrey Pullum the tragedy of big data. A CIA analyst predicts the groovy Big Data world of the future in 1962.