Richard Salvucci (Trinity): Capitalism and Dependency in Latin America. Mauro Boianovsky (Brasilia): Between Levi-Strauss and Braudel: Furtado and the Historical-Structural Method in Latin American Political Economy. Jose Miguel Mendoza (Los Andes): The Fractures in Latin American Finance; and The Political Economy of Capital Markets in Latin America. Carlos Scartascini (IDB) and Mariano Tommasi (San Andres): Government Capabilities in Latin America: Why They are so Important, What We Know About Them, and What to Do Next. From “Bello”, the Economist's new column on Latin America, relearning old lessons: Latin America’s enduring need for the rule of law, education and openness. David Luhnow on the Two Latin Americas: A continental divide between one bloc that favors state controls and another that embraces free markets. From Vox, Louise Cord, Leonardo Lucchetti, Carlos Rodriguez Castelan, and Adam Ratzlaff on prosperity and poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean; and Augusto de la Torre, Eduardo Levy Yeyati, Samuel Pienknagura on Latin America's fashionable scepticism: Setting the record straight. It is often difficult to understand how countries that are dealt a pretty good economic hand can end up making a major mess of things; it is as if they were trying to commit suicide by jumping from the basement. Are the golden years for Latin America over? Ignacio Munyo and Ernesto Talvi investigate. Latin America leans forward: Enrique Krauze on how the region is showing a maturity without precedent in its turbulent history.


Bruno S. Frey (Zeppelin) and Lasse Steiner (Zurich): God Does Not Play Dice, But People Should: Random Selection in Politics, Science and Society. Jared White (UC-Irvine): An Anonymous Don Juan: The Meaning of the Proper Name. Antonio Sandu (Mihail Kogalniceanu): Julian Savulescu and the Issue of Controversial Choices. Erica G. Hepper (Surrey), et al: Pancultural Nostalgia: Prototypical Conceptions Across Cultures. Mykolas Gudelis (New School): The Untimely Politics. Emilian M. Dobrescu and Edith Mihaela Dobre (Spiru Haret): Afghanistan and Rare Earths. Anatol Lieven on Afghanistan: The desert of death. Everyone knows about the military-industrial complex, which, in his farewell address, President Eisenhower warned had the potential to “endanger our liberties or democratic process” but have you heard of the “Deep State”? Hamilton Nolan on how the whole world needs to raise taxes. Heidegger's black notebooks aren't that surprising: Scholars already knew the German philosopher signed up to the Nazi party, but that doesn't mean nothing can be learned from his thinking. David Weigel on Obamacare’s Next Top Model: Why aren’t Democrats running ads showcasing the people who have been helped by Obamacare? From Class, Race and Corporate Power, Louis Proyect on how commerce trumped art at Miramax. Young, pretty, and political: McKay Coppins on Michelle Fields and the highs and lows of conservative media stardom. Senior diplomats call for rejection of ambassadorial nominees: “Minimal demonstrated qualifications for their posts”.


A new issue of Strategic Studies Quarterly is out. Allan Dafoe (Yale) and Devin Caughey (MIT): Honor and War: Southern US Presidents and the Effects of Concern for Reputation. James Igoe Walsh (UNC): Precision Weapons, Civilian Casualties, and Support for the Use of Force. Kathleen J McInnis (King’s): Lessons in Coalition Warfare: Past, Present and Implications for the Future. Andrew Shaver (Princeton): Can Countries Buy Their Way Out of Insurgencies? Evidence from Iraq. Andrea Lopez (Susquehanna): Lessons We May Not Want to Learn: Counterinsurgency in the 21st Century. The myth of the better war: Christopher reviews Wrong Turn: America's Deadly Embrace of Counterinsurgency by Gian Gentile. James Orbesen on counterinsurgency’s resurrections: No matter how many times the doctrine has proved a bloody failure, the American military keeps coming back to counterinsurgency tactics. America’s black-ops blackout: Nick Turse on unraveling the secrets of the military’s secret military. James Kitfield interviews Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on why special ops will keep us from war. Why Washington can’t stop: Tom Engelhardt on the coming era of tiny wars and micro-conflicts. Get ready for a whole new way of war: Our leaders must think big and prepare for the chaotic battlefields of the future. A military for the 21st century: Col. Douglas Macgregor on threats that define it. James Carroll on why it’s time to abolish the Air Force. Will the F-35, the U.S. military’s flaw-filled, years-overdue Joint Strike Fighter, ever actually fly? The business of America is war: William J. Astore on disaster capitalism on the battlefield and in the boardroom.

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