The latest issue of Development Policy Review is free online. Paul Verbruggen and Tetty Havinga (Rodboud): The Rise of Transnational Private Meta-Regulators. Makau W. Mutua (SUNY Buffalo): What is the Future of Transitional Justice? Guy Sinclair (Victoria): State Formation, Liberal Reform, and the Growth of International Organizations. Adam Chilton and Eric Posner (Chicago): The Influence of History on States’ Compliance with Human Rights Obligations. Robin L. West (Georgetown): A Tale of Two Rights. Ifem E. Orji (NLDI): Could the Rwandan and Darfur (Sudan) Genocides have been Prevented by the International Community? A Postmortem. Francesco Macheda (Bifrost): The Roots of “Globalization”: Adam Smith and the Virtues of Free Trade. Adam S. Chilton (Chicago) and Mila Versteeg (Virginia): Do Constitutional Rights Make a Difference? Iddo Porat reviews The Global Model of Constitutional Rights by Kai Moller. The NRA’s stranglehold threatens the whole world: Scott Beauchamp on how the organization’s resistance to international arms control reveals its true mission — corporate lobbying. Joshua Kurlantzick on the great deglobalizing: Our interconnected world is shrinking back toward its national borders — and that’s a problem. Breaking a decades-long trend, the world gets more violent. Vindu Goel and Andrew E. Kramer on how Web freedom is seen as a growing global issue. Tim Maughan on the invisible network that keeps the world running. Jacob Poushter on who’s having a good or bad day around the world.


Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The Path of Robotics Law. Omari Scott Simmons (Wake Forest): Delaware’s Global Threat. Mary Anne Franks (Miami): Real Men Advance, Real Women Retreat: Stand Your Ground, Battered Women's Syndrome, and Violence as Male Privilege. From The Baffler, George Scialabba on how people who influence influential people are the most influential people in the world. As another weekend of anti-Semitism sweeps Europe, Jews weigh their options. Ellen Pao is following Anita Hill’s example: Bryce Covert on how taking sexual discrimination claims public forces cultural change. Conservatives hate the Iran deal because they hate all deals. Rajiv Sethi on a separating equilibrium in Indiana. A private investigator making inquiries about Andrew Ross, a professor who criticized the exploitation of migrant workers building the university’s Abu Dhabi campus, won’t say whom she is working for. Tom Vanderbilt goes inside the mad, mad world of TripAdvisor: Research almost any travel destination and you'll probably wind up on travel-industry Goliath, where passionate people praise and denounce everything from romantic getaways to cockroach-infested hotel rooms — but who can you trust? The Middle East maelstrom is ruining the narratives about the Iran negotiations. A dummy’s guide to a possible nuclear deal with Iran. From Petersen's Bowhunting, how much of the outcome of each season do you control, and how much is just luck?


Aaron R. Petty (Leiden): Accommodating “Religion”. Douglas NeJaime (UC-Irvine) and Reva Siegel (Yale): Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics. Annabelle Lever (Geneva): Democratic Equality and Freedom of Religion: The Dilemma of Public Service Provision. Gerard J. Clark (Suffolk): Hobby Lobby and Galloway: The Expansion of the Role of Religion in American Governance. Nelson Tebbe (Brooklyn): Religion and Marriage Equality Statutes. Adam Lamparello (Indiana Tech): Why Chief Justice Roy Moore and the Alabama Supreme Court Just Made the Case for Same-Sex Marriage. Nan D. Hunter (Georgetown): Pluralism and its Perils: Navigating the Tension between Gay Rights and Religious Expression. From ThinkProgress, Ian Millhiser on when “religious liberty” was used to justify racism instead of homophobia; Judd Legum on the big lie the media tells about Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law; if you want to know the problem with Indiana’s “religious freedom” law, just ask George W. Bush; and Jack Jenkins on how the rise of LGBT rights is an existential threat to conservative religious groups. What makes Indiana’s religious-freedom law different? Garrett Epps investigates. Ben Carson says “intolerance” of religion makes Indiana’s anti-gay law necessary. Gay and Mennonite: They vote on everything, they’re committed to peace — can a church that defines itself by harmony survive dissonance over homosexuality?


Matthew McCaffrey (Manchester): The Political Economy of The Art of War. Charles Blattberg (Montreal): Taking War Seriously. John D. Haskell (Mississippi College): Going Nowhere: The Rhetoric of Warfare and Humanitarian Intervention in Global Law and Policy Debates. P.A.L. Ducheine and Eric Pouw (Amsterdam): Legitimizing the Use of Force. Alice Ristroph (Seton Hall): Just Violence. Jens David Ohlin (Cornell): Justice after War. Alonso Gurmendi Dunkelberg (UP): Your Country, My Rules: Can Military Occupations Create Successful Transitions? From the inaugural issue of Critical Military Studies, Matthew Rech, Daniel Bos, K. Neil Jenkings, and Alison Williams (Newcastle): Geography, Military Geography, and Critical Military Studies; and Cynthia Enloe (Clark): The Recruiter and the Sceptic: A Critical Feminist Approach to Military Studies. As more women are becoming combatants in major armed conflicts around the globe, will our understanding of their impact keep pace? Jessica Trisko Darden and Ora Szekely on how warfare isn’t just a man’s game anymore. Daniel D. Maurer on the future fallacy and the “certainty principle”. The biological spoils of war: A study finds those who take part in violent conflict have more wives, children. A look at why no one used camouflage until WWI. You can download Making Sense of War: Strategy for the 21st Century by Alan Stephens and Nicola Baker (2006).


A new issue of Outskirts: Feminisms Along the Edge is out. Brian L. Frye (Kentucky): Andy Warhol's Pantry. Welcome to the new terror heartland: America’s ally in Yemen is gone, its special forces have been evacuated, a country touted by the president as a counterterror “model” is poised to be an ISIS and al Qaeda playland. Adam Baron on what we get wrong about Yemen: Foreign intervention in a local fight would be the worst course anyone could take. U.S. role in Middle East revamped as chaos engulfs Yemen. Ezra Klein on the dilemma in Republican governance: Why fix a program you want to end? Ellen Pao disrupts how Silicon Valley does business: While the verdict on Friday was a defeat for Ms. Pao, the trial has blown open a conversation about the status of women in an industry that has always been buttoned up about its shortcomings. Gideon Lichfield on the science of near-death experiences: Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife. Corey Robin on Joe Biden’s Israel stunner: American Jews should let Israel protect them. Are family responsibilities keeping women out of politics? John Sides investigates. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on how pick-up artists and pro-family conservatives agree: Women only marry for money. Max Blumenthal exposes anti-Islam author Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s latest deception. Jason Koebler on why it’s time for robot pilots. Antarctica recorded its hottest temperature ever this week, 63.3F.


From the Boston Globe, Beth Wolfensberger Singer on the skills to get that college acceptance letter. It doesn't matter if your kid doesn't get into Harvard: Using the mind as a means to acquire a corner office is very different from enjoying intellectual activity for its own sake. Confessions of a Harvard Gatekeeper: Ivy League admissions are a sham. After flood of requests, elite colleges begin destroying admissions records. Why is so much of our discussion of higher ed driven by elite institutions? Beth McMurtrie on the rich man’s dropout club: Whatever happened to the teenage entrepreneurs whom Peter Thiel paid to forgo college? Robert Reich on why college isn’t (and shouldn’t have to be) for everyone. Mark Thoma on the best investment the U.S. could make — affordable higher education. Piketty to U.S: Fix your student debt crisis. The introduction to Student Loans and the Dynamics of Debt by Brad J. Hershbein and Kevin M. Hollenbeck. Monica Potts on how a radical student debt strike tugs at your heart- — but it's not the answer. “I was a professor at four universities. I still couldn’t make ends meet”: One former adjunct describes a system that's untenable. Phoebe Maltz Bovy on why adjunct professors shouldn’t expect students to care about their terrible jobs. Sarah Kendzior on academia’s 1 percent. Anger and activism greet plan to shut Sweet Briar College, “as a result of insurmountable financial challenges”. Ben Branstetter on how the death of for-profit colleges is coming.


Joseph Baker (East Tennessee State): A Social Anthropology of Ghosts in Twenty-First-Century America. Fifty percent of Americans believe in some conspiracy theory — here’s why. For a rich country, America is unusually religious and optimistic. Timothy P. O'Neill (John Marshall): America the Eusocial. Guns, sex and arrogance: Sahana Singh hated everything about America — until she moved here. Witches and guns: Alycia Michelle Wilson on the intersection between Wicca and the Second Amendment. Kay Steiger on how the United States is getting more tolerant of everyone (except racists). A data genius computes the ultimate American road trip. Books that made America: Adam Begley reviews The Republic of Imagination: A Case for Fiction by Azar Nafisi. Was Charlie Chaplin's Tramp un-American? The fall and rise of individualist pragmatism in America: Adam Kirsch reviews The Age of the Crisis of Man by Mark Greif. Rising individualism in the United States over the last 150 years is mainly associated with a societal shift toward more white-collar occupations, according to new research. Dara Lind on 35 maps that explain how America is a nation of immigrants. John Cassidy on how the biggest threat to America’s future is America. Requiem for American exceptionalism: If the United States no longer seems so different from other developed nations, and if perhaps it never did, then it has lessons to learn from them.


Shmuel Nili (Yale): Dangerous Health? Nietzsche’s Physiological Discourse between Nuremberg and Jerusalem. Melissa Deckman (Washington College): Annie Get Your Gun? Women, Guns, and the Tea Party. Anne Helen Petersen on the trouble with “It Girls”: We’ve used the term for nearly a century — but what does it tell us about the way we label women and their work? Where the bodies are buried: Gerry Adams has long denied being a member of the I.R.A. — but his former compatriots claim that he authorized murder. Why no one likes a realpolitik foreign policy: The United States is using military force to help Iran in one country and thwart Iran in another — this seems like a strange way to run foreign policy. William D. Carrigan and Clive Webb on when Americans lynched Mexicans. A study finds lighter-skinned black and Hispanic people look smarter to white people. Facebook is eating the Internet: This version of Facebook is one where it is no longer just a single factor in our lives but the overarching context that consumes everything beneath it. Who are the Huthis, where did they come from, and where are they going? Meet the group that now rules Yemen. KKK Imperial Wizard Bill Wilkinson found in Belize insists he isn't racist. Stephanie Simon on how, in the high-stakes world of American education, Pearson makes money even when its results don’t measure up.


Peter Binipom Mpuan (Twente): Human Identity in a Cyborg Future: Philosophical Anthropology and Medical Nanorobotics. Joanna Diane Caytas (Columbia): Transhumanism: A Function of Hybrid Nanomaterials? Anthony Lack (JCHS): Posthuman Dignity in a Transhuman World. Woody Evans (Texas): If You See a Cyborg in the Road, Kill the Buddha: Against Transcendental Transhumanism. As the world draws closer and closer to the day of Christ’s return, Britt Gillette takes a look at transhumanism in Bible prophecy. Matt Frohlich on why transhumanism needs to establish a meaning to life. Thomas D. Philbeck (WEF): Onscreen Ontology: Stages in the Posthumanist Paradigm Shift. Woody Evans (Texas): Because I am the Goddamn Batman: Liberty, Authority, and Posthuman Superheroes. Why are (some) transhumanists such dicks? From Humanamente, a special issue on reframining the debate on human enhancement. Ioana Cerasella Chis (Birmingham): The Emergence of Cybernetic Organisms and the Transformation of the Concept of “the Human”. Elena Colombetti (Sacro Cuore): Contemporary Post-Humanism: Technological and Human Singularity. Philip K. Dick was right, we are becoming androids: The deep problem, for Dick, wasn't that mechanisms might become more manlike — it's that men might be reduced to mechanisms. Gary Marcus on teaching robots to be moral. Erik Sofge on why artificial intelligence will not obliterate humanity.


Mark Dincecco (Michigan): The Rise of Effective States in Europe. Isaac Nakhimovsky (Yale): A Republic of Cuckoo Clocks: Switzerland and the History of Liberty. Gabor Halmai (Eotvos Lorand): An Illiberal Constitutional System in the Middle of Europe. Pal Czegledi (Debrecen): Is an Anti-Capitalistic Mentality Cultural? The Case of Hungarians Inside and Outside Hungary in the World Values Survey. Veronika Dumbrovska and Dana Fialova (Charles): Tourist Intensity in Capital Cities in Central Europe: Comparative Analysis of Tourism in Prague, Vienna and Budapest. Lorenzo Zucca (King’s College): A Secular Manifesto for Europe. Is it time for the Jews to leave Europe? Renewed vitriol among right-wing fascists and new threats from radicalized Islamists have created a crisis, confronting Jews with an agonizing choice. “Risk has gotten greater”: German Jews advised against wearing kippah. Susan Dominus on the National Front’s post-Charlie Hebdo moment: France’s ultranationalist fringe party isn’t so fringe anymore. Two charts that show one way French socialism works surprisingly well. Santiago Zabala and Gianni Vattimo on European (Union) nihilism. Tobias Jones on the murder that has obsessed Italy, and the investigation that will reach its climax later this year. Marjorie Kehe on why Italians are so proud of — and yet unhappy with — their own country.

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