A new issue of the Journal of China and international Relations is out. Stefan A. G. Talmon (Bonn): The South China Sea Arbitration: Is There a Case to Answer? Angela Xiao Wu (Northwestern): Ideological Polarization Over a China-as-Superpower Mindset: An Exploratory Charting of Belief Systems Among Chinese Internet Users, 2008-2011. Harsh Taneja and Angela Xiao Wu (Northwestern): Does the Great Firewall Really Isolate the Chinese? Integrating Access Blockage with Cultural Factors to Explain Web User Behavior. From Foreign Affairs, Richard Katz on why Chinese-Japanese economic relations are improving. Jeremy Brown reviews China's War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival by Rana Mitter; and The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957 by Frank Dikotter. Brad Plumer on how China’s appetite for raw materials is transforming the world. Jack Snyder on five lessons for China about “peaceful rise” from 1914. John Michael McGrath on everybody is afraid of China and nobody knows why. A hotline to cool Asian crises: Robert Pape on how a new red telephone could help ease potential future crises with China. An interview with Stephen Roach, author of Unbalanced: The Codependency of America and China. Imperialism 2.0: Gina Apostol on the long, strange dance between the U.S. and China in the Philippines. Andrea den Boer and Valerie M. Hudson on the security risks of China’s abnormal demographics: How aging, fertility patterns, and gender imbalances may pose national and international security threats. Coming to a beach near you: How the growing Chinese middle class is changing the global tourism industry. Chinese to rest of world: Ignore our GDP. Where China’s future will happen: For the world’s sake, and its own, China needs to change the way it builds and runs its cities.
The inaugural issue of World Food Policy is out. From FT, a special report on the business of global food security. The case for more babies: Joel E. Cohen reviews What to Expect When No One’s Expecting: America’s Coming Demographic Disaster by Jonathan V. Last. In defense of narcissism: Vivian Gornick reviews The Americanization of Narcissism by Elizabeth Lunbeck (and a response by George Scialabba on “the weak self”). The Sultan of Brunei is a horrible dictator. Obama's top regulator Mary Jo White was supposed to bring a prosecutor's swagger to Wall Street — but she's whiffed on transparency. Injustice at its most basic: Natasha Lennard on how Cecily McMillan, whose case is representative of Occupy’s downfall, has been assailed and dragged through the bureaucratic mud. Bloomberg Media has never had a claim on politics, but what Bloomberg wants, it buys — and Bloomberg wants in on 2016. Jessica Goldstein goes inside the weird, romantic and ridiculously expensive world of wedding culture. We could have in store 10 or 20 years with the Democrats holding a strong hold on the presidency and the Republicans holding an equally tight hold on the Congress — maybe we're in for a longer period of impasse than a lot of us imagine. The present-day lust for ruins is nothing new; in fact, it’s nearly as old as any ruins themselves — from a flattened Louvre to Percy Bysshe Shelley, a journey to the dawn of ruin porn. You’re on the front lines of the abortion wars: Tara Culp-Ressler on America’s most hated doctors. Right-wing bloggers are flipping out over this YouTube abortion video. Are malls over? Amy Merrick wonders.
Keith E. Whittington (Princeton): The Least Activist Supreme Court in History? The Roberts Court and the Exercise of Judicial Review. Aziz Z. Huq (Chicago): Habeas and the Roberts Court. Ellen D. Katz (Michigan): Justice Ginsburg's Umbrella. David Fontana (George Washington): The People's Justice? (“written for a symposium at Yale Law School on Justice Sonia Sotomayor's first five years on the Court”.) I. Bennett Capers (Brooklyn): Reading Michigan v. Bryant, “Reading” Justice Sotomayor. David Fontana on how a stirring dissent shows why Justice Sotomayor is a national treasure. Chief Justice Roberts, meet Bundy and Sterling: Jeffrey Toobin on how the vile words of the rancher and the basketball tycoon showed just how right Sotomayor was. Scott Lemieux on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, retirement, and the value of term limits. What is Clarence Thomas thinking? Garrett Epps wonders. Jeffrey Toobin on Clarence Thomas's disgraceful silence (and a response: Who cares about Clarence Thomas's silence?) Clarence Thomas is not a lightweight: He is one of the more intelligent members of the Supreme Court — and he is one of the most dangerous men in America. Corey Robin on eleven things you did not know about Clarence Thomas and on Clarence Thomas’s counterrevolution. John Stoehr on the post-racialism of Clarence Thomas. Antonin Scalia says Japanese internment could happen again: The Justice warns that, in wartime, legal norms can be swept away. Brian Beutler on how Scalia's epic blunder exposes his partisan hackery (and more and more). For Justices, free speech often means “speech I agree with”. Calvin TerBeek reviews Supreme Myths: Why the Supreme Court Is Not a Court and Its Justices Are Not Judges by Eric J. Segall. Pamela S. Karlan on what we find in unusual alliances on the Supreme Court.