Steven Metz (AWC): Unruly Clients: The Trouble with Allies. The first chapter from Rational Theory of International Politics: The Logic of Competition and Cooperation by Charles L. Glaser. Walter Russell Mead on the end of Trilateralism. Are we watching the eclipse of the transatlantic epoch? From FP, Colum Lynch on the revenge of the middle powers. Ian Bremmer on China vs America: fight of the century. Is the Shanghai Cooperation Organization a Sino-Russian counterweight to NATO? An interview with Stephen F. Cohen on US-Russian relations in an age of American triumphalism. The World According to Barack Obama: The new National Security Strategy says more about the views of the man in whose name it was written than it does about what America must do next. From CRB, Angelo M. Codevilla on Why We Don’t Win: Nearly a decade after 9/11, the U.S. government hasn't managed to ensure our peace, safety, and freedom. A review of The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris by Peter Beinart (and more and more and more) and American Dreams: The United States Since 1945 by H.W. Brands. Richard H. Immerman on his book Empire for Liberty: A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz (and more and more). The Siren Song of Pax Americana: A review of The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free by Christopher A. Preble. A review of The Leading Rogue State: The U.S. and Human Rights. From Ethics & Global Politics, Daniele Archibugi and David Chandlerba debate international interventions: When are they a right or an obligation? From The New Yorker, entertainment mogul Haim Saban sets his sights on foreign policy. Zoopolitics: How caged animals became a tool of statecraft.

From the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, a new issue of Crusade magazine is out; and an article on tracing the glorious origins of priestly celibacy. Part fashion bible and part throwdown on all things obnoxiously hip, Gavin McInnes’ Street Boners satirizes the street-style photography phenomenon. A review of "Can There Be a Theory of Law?" by Joseph Raz. Sympathy Deformed: Theodore Dalrymple on how misguided compassion hurts the poor. We the People are the watchers: A new open source-style project promotes Open Source Sensing. With their heads in their hands: Suzanne Menghraj on saints, icons, and presence of mind in the absence of brain. Marc Abrahams on the science of soggy cereals and a lesson in how to compose far less readily digestible patent applications. A review of David Masciotra's Working on a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen. The quality of English writing has declined, The Spiritual History of English claims, in tandem with a decline in widespread public belief in Christianity. What does the BP oil spill reveal about the global consequences of corporate — and national — risk-taking cultures and preferences? From Freethought Today, an article on the mother of all Daily Show ambushes. From Literary Review, a review of E M Forster: A New Life by Wendy Moffat and Concerning E M Forster by Frank Kermode (and more by Dale Peck at Bookforum). From Print, Rick Poynor on the missing critical history of illustration. Platonic Ideal: An article on the romance and seduction of female friendship. A review of War Without Fronts: The USA in Vietnam by Bernd Greiner. From the Mises Institute, Jeff Riggenbach on Karl Hess and the death of politics. A review of Chomsky Notebook, ed. Jean Bricmont and Julie Franck.

Ilia Stambler (Bar-Ilan): Life Extension a Conservative Enterprise? Some Fin-de-siecle and Early Twentieth-century Precursors of Transhumanism. The technological progress that revolutionized computing, electronics, and robotics in the 20th century will transform our bodies and enhance our brains in the 21st. Ownership and the Body: Is the human body a piece of property? Engineering an end to aging: Age-defying creams and lotions, esoteric herbs and elixirs, Botox and plastic surgery — what do they all have in common? The George Burns scenario is within our grasp if we collectively recognize what has happened in aging science and seize the day. Is genius immortal? Tech god Ray Kurzweil is a modern-day Edison — now he's battling to stay alive forever. Immortality isn't unethical: Many people decry the prospect of people living for ever, but a transhumanist world needn't be a dystopia. Immortalism: Jason Silva on Ernest Becker and Alan Harrington on overcoming biological limitations. Frozen or thawed: It might be a small "sleep" for mankind but a big leap for science — the question is how you like to be treated after you die? From the Vatican's Zenit, here's an introduction to transhumanism. Mike Treder and Massimo Pigliucci debate transhumanism. Michael Anissimov on valid transhumanist criticism and on how transhumanism has already won. From io9, your posthumanism is boring me: We will never be posthuman, because we have always been posthuman; and the problem with the idea of posthumanity is that the thing it is supposed to be beyond, "humanness," is an imagined community to begin with — so why imagine posthumanity at all? There is good reason for thinking that posthumans will, on the whole, be atheists. From h+, Kyle Munkittrick on transhumanism and superheroes.

Ridvan Askin (Freiburg): Mneme, Anamnesis and Mimesis: The Function of Narrative in Paul Ricoeur’s Theory of Memory. Heather Havrilesky reviews A Ticket to the Circus by Norris Church Mailer. Lane Wallace on why we're so bad at managing risk. Niall Ferguson, the British historian most closely associated with a rightwing, Eurocentric vision of western ascendancy, is to work with the Conservatives to overhaul history in schools. Robert W. McChesney and John Bellamy Foster on capitalism, the absurd system. Dancing at the end of time: An interview with Michael Moorcock, the godfather of New Wave sci-fi. Do we really own the Arctic?: Why Canadians can’t protect the far North. Jacques Cousteau's association with nature often masks his interest in civilization. A review of A Future for Presentism by Craig Bourne. How Turkey tamed its army: Fifty years after the country's most infamous military coup, Turkey finally appears to be strenghening its democratic institutions. Fight and flight are part of the brain's automatic system for dealing with life-threatening situations, but there's more to the story: An excerpt from Extreme Fear by Jeff Wise. A Brief History of the Gaza Folly: The flotilla attack is just the latest in a series of bad decisions Israel has made about Gaza over the past five years. The experts have tried and failed to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but could the thousands of ordinary people ringing BP have the answer? Why self-help books that promise happiness are a scam. Would Jesus get a tattoo? Chuck Colson on the marks of a Christian. ACORN pimp James O’Keefe has set his sights on the U.S. Census Bureau. Matthew Frankel on why killing enemy leaders rarely works. After an 11-year hiatus, Lilith Fair is back — but do we still need an all-woman music festival?

M. Catherine DeSoto, Robert Hitlan, Rory-Sean Deol and Derrick McAdams (UNI): Testosterone Fluctuations in Young Men: The Difference Between Interacting With Like and Not-Like Others. The hormone of laddishness: Oestrogen, not testosterone, is what makes a male act like a male. An interview with Jay Kleinberg on books on the history of American women. A look at why feminism must move away from "women’s issues". Kerry Howley on the legacy of modern feminism: A review essay. An interview with Laurie A. Wilkie, author of The Lost Boys of Zeta Psi: A Historical Archaeology of Masculinity at a University Fraternity. A case for men’s studies: Guys get short shrift at North American universities with a lack of male-focused courses and programs. Feminism and the politics of our selves: Is accepting the Foucaultian claim that the subject is constituted by power tantamount to denying the possibility of emancipatory resistance? From The New York Review of Magazines, I am Woman, hear me blog: Feminism’s newest battleground is online; and dude reads like a lady: Derrick Taylor on a man’s eight-step guide to reading women’s magazines. With the launch of The Good Men Project Magazine, Tom Matlack says he wants to “take the magazine model and completely change it for men and and Internet.” An interview with Susan Douglas, author of Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That Feminism’s Work is Done. How far have women come — really? The problem with equality: Those who cry foul over the lack of women in top political jobs are relying on faulty logic. Do men have a sexual advantage in the post-Viagra world? Changing the dating game: When women approach men instead of vice versa, the gender difference in selectivity disappears.