Thomas Chadefaux (ETH Zurich): The Triggers of War: Disentangling the Spark from the Powder Keg. Jeremy Ferwerda and Nicholas Miller (MIT): Political Devolution and Resistance to Foreign Rule: A Natural Experiment. Matthew O. Jackson and Stephen Nei (Stanford): Networks of Military Alliances, Wars, and International Trade. Thomas Alured Faunce (ANU): Nanotechnology and Military Attacks on Photosynthesis. Woody Evans (Zayed): Swarms Are Hell: Warfare as an Anti-Transhuman Choice. Martin C. Libicki (USNA): Why Cyber War Will Not and Should Not Have Its Grand Strategist. Stephen J. Cimbala (Penn State): Nuclear Deterrence and Cyber: The Quest for Concept. From Armed Forces Journal, Brett Williams on cyberspace: What is it, where is it and who cares? Whitney Kassel on COIN's funeral: How the United States and NATO came to pursue the counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan — and why it might never be used again. Annalee Newitz and Joseph Bennington-Castro on the 10 most important theories about why we make war. Ian Morris on how in the long run, wars make us safer and richer. Lawrence Freedman reviews War: What Is It Good For? The Role of Conflict in Civilisation, from Primates to Robots by Ian Morris and War and Gold: A Five-Hundred-Year History of Empires, Adventures and Debt by Kwasi Kwarteng. Laurie R. Blank reviews What Is War? An Investigation in the Wake of 9/11, ed. Mary Ellen O’Connell and International Law and the Classiﬁcation of Conﬂicts, ed. Elizabeth Wilmshurst. Medical care is now a tool of war: Thanassis Cambanis on how modern conflicts have destroyed the old protections around health care — and we’re only just beginning to assess the damage.
Julian Savulescu and Brian D. Earp (Oxford): Neuroreductionism About Sex and Love. Alexandra B. Klass and Danielle Meinhardt (Minnesota): Transporting Oil and Gas: U.S. Infrastructure Challenges. Gertrud Koch (FUB): Image Politics: The Monotheistic Prohibition of Images and its Afterlife in Political Aesthetics. From M/C, a special issue on Taste: A Media and Cultural View. Larry Summers reviews Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty. Jason Zengerle on how Barack Obama sold out the kale crowd. David Cole on how the NSA kills people “based on metadata”. Glenn Greenwald reveals 7 new NSA crimes against graphic design. For Kochs and Adelson, it’s not just money: Critics who reduce these right-wing billionaires' motives to sheer profits are missing the real — scarier — story. The 3% solution: A potent source of genetic variation in cognitive ability has just been discovered. Did Robert Capa fake “Falling Soldier”? Amanda Vaill on the complicated history of the world's most famous war photograph. Jared Diamond says we could be living in a new Stone Age by 2114. Benghazi nuts, anti-vaxxers, birthers: Do they really buy their own nonsense? Peter Frase on infotainment journalism. Telepresence allows you to leap impossible distance, but how “there” can you really feel when your body is 350 miles away? The Walking Dead: Jason Zasky on the rise and fall of the six-day walking match, an exercise in endurance and sleep deprivation. Eric Posner on John McCain, Schmittian humanitarian — it’s a new category in political philosophy.
Antoine Duval (EUI): Cocaine, Doping and the Court of Arbitration for Sport — “I Don't Like the Drugs, But the Drugs Like Me”. Holger Preuss and Mathias Schubert (Mainz) and Kjetil K. Haugen (Molde): UEFA Financial Fair Play: The Curse of Regulation. Christopher W. Schmidt (Chicago-Kent): Explaining the Baseball Revolution. Chris Lehmann on the Minor Leagues’ major malfunction: Curt Flood’s landmark antitrust suit transformed the Major League, but the Minor League is still bound by archaic rules. Derek Thompson on the savior fallacy and over-betting on star players in sports and business: Team managers and corporate boards tear their rosters apart to land a top pick, who they assume will lead them to salvation — the psychology of a strategy that seldom works. Given the reality that children from lower-income families face more obstacles to play sports than their higher-income peers, why does the projects-to-prospect narrative persist in sports writing, and why are readers so eager to consume it? College sports apes Wal-Mart: University boss defends football union-busting. College-football stakes: If along the way we can make scholars out of sportsmen who didn’t know that they were, all the better for our student bodies, and better still for their brains. Football’s risks sink in, even in heart of Texas. Stuart Taylor Jr. reviews The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities by William D. Cohan (and Cohan on Ryan McFadyen, the Duke lacrosse player still outrunning his past). Gillian Tett on the veneration of sport in US colleges. On boys and balls: Ben Kawaller on how he learned to stop hating sports.