The inaugural issue of the Journal of Retracing Africa is out. Huub Ruel (Windesheim): How African Countries Can Get on with the Business of Diplomacy. Issouf Soumare (Laval): Does Foreign Direct Investment Improve Welfare in North African Countries? Paulina Kruminaite (Sydney): The Potential of African States to Emulate the East Asian Developmental Model. Abdifatah Tahir (Sussex): Does Successful Peacebuilding Lead to Successful Statebuilding? Nasir Ali (ISS): Building State Capacity in a Post-Conflict Situation: The Case of Somaliland; Somaliland: Curbing Corruption and the Quest for Effective Governance; and Making the State Work: The Role of the Civil Society Actors in Somaliland. A new depth of horror in South Sudan: The civil war’s worst massacre ensures that the war will get still bloodier. Annyssa Bellal on the Central African Republic: From conflict to chaos and back again? Damn us if we don't lift a finger for the Central African Republic: Graeme Wood on a gripping dispatch from Africa's scariest conflict. From New Left Review, an interview with Ousmane Sidibe on the Malian crisis. Previously hailed as an exemplary democracy, then followed by a coup, Mali has fallen out of the media spotlight, but new research finds optimism and confidence among ordinary Malians. Kim Yi Dionne on the multiple international dimensions of an election in the small African country of Guinea-Bissau. Africa’s tech edge: Dayo Olopade on how the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile age. Kim Yi Dionne on five things you probably didn’t know about African politics today.


Alex Kreit (Thomas Jefferson): The Federal Response to State Marijuana Legalization: Room For Compromise? Josh Blackman (South Texas) and Shelby Baird (Yale): The Shooting Cycle. From PS: Political Science and Politics, a special issue on US Presidential Election Forecasting. Elias Groll on Amartya Sen, Jagdish Bhagwati, and the obscure academic feud at the center of India's elections. These four hedge fund guys out-earned every kindergarten teacher in America. A total failure of language, and of imagination: if thanaticism is anything, it is this. Why Neil deGrasse Tyson is a philistine: The popular television host says he has no time for deep, philosophical questions — that's a horrible message to send to young scientists. Jonathan Chait on Obamacare predictions made by the critics that have taken a factual beating. Benjamin Wallace-Wells on Chiara de Blasio and our changing notion of political celebrity. Barack Obama's administration has decided to back a push to have the International Criminal Court (ICC) open a formal, United Nations-sanctioned investigation into potential Syrian war crimes, embracing a strategy that it once dismissed as wholly inadequate. Elizabeth Warren on the Citigroup Clique: Why is Obama appointing so many former employees of one Wall St. bank? Slut-shaming Helen of Troy: Emily Wilson reviews Helen of Troy: Beauty, Myth, Devastation by Ruby Blondell. News from a war zone: “One of the subordinate questions that used to be debated in Theoretical Ethics is whether the notion of evil, as opposed to immorality, can be given a coherent meaning absent the assumption of the existence of God”.


From Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, a special issue in honour of Mark Blaug. Andrew M. Yuengert (Pepperdine): It's Not So Bad to Have Limits, as Long as You Know Them: Economic Theory in Light of the Aristotelian Tradition. Daniyal Khan (New School): Economics as a Science, Economics as a Vocation: A Weberian Examination of Robert Heilbroner’s Philosophy of Economics. G.C. Harcourt, Peter Kriesler, and John Nevile (UNSW): Why Myths in Neoclassical Economics Threaten the World Economy: A Post-Keynesian Manifesto. Craig Freedman (Macquarie) and G.C. Harcourt, Peter Kriesler, and John Nevile (UNSW): Milton Friedman: Constructing an Anti-Keynes. Edward Glaeser on how Gary Becker helped invent the economics of everything (and more and more). “There will be growth in the spring”: How well do economists predict turning points? Hugh Rockoff reviews Wrong: Nine Economic Policy Disasters and What We Can Learn from Them by Richard S. Grossman. Paul Krugman on how paradigming is hard; on what econobloggers — and in particular, those who happen to be political progressives — are doing, and what they should be trying to do; and on why economics failed: Though it’s true that few economists saw the fiscal crisis coming, policy makers and politicians ignored both the textbooks and lessons of history. Josh Barro on why economics failed us, in 297 words. Diane Coyle on why the mainstream economics curriculum needs an overhaul. Claire Jones on a post-crash manifesto to rebuild economics. Should economists be advocates or engineers? Noah Smith wonders. Ha-Joon Chang on why economics is too important to leave to the experts.

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