From New Politics, a special section on the world in crisis. From the Yale Journal of International Affairs, a special issue on security, including Matthew Adam Kocher (Yale): State Capacity as a Conceptual Variable; Christian Leuprecht (Queen's): The Demographic Security Dilemma; and an interview with Ambassador John Negroponte on the evolution of American security. Matthew Yglesias reviews The Godfather Doctrine: A Foreign Policy Parable by John C. Hulsman and A. Wess Mitchell and The Myth of American Exceptionalism by Godfrey Hodgson. Fareed Zakaria on why failed states are not the real threat. Stealth Superpower: John Feffer on how Turkey is chasing China to become the next Big Thing. A review of How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace by Charles A. Kapuchan. Gathering Storm: Iam Bremmer on America and China in 2020 (and more). From Quadrant, Paul Monk, author of The West in a Nutshell: Foundations, Fragilities, Futures, on the rise of the market state; and Michael Evans on The Manchurian Paradox and the three imperatives of geopolitics, strategic alignment and military modernisation. A time to appease: Paul Kennedy on the worst insult to emerge from our political lexicon. Cleo Paskal on her book Global Warring: How Environmental, Economic, and Political Crises Will Redraw the World Map. From Commentary, Abe Greenwald on the soft-power fallacy. Night of the Living Wonks: Daniel Drezner on an international relations theory of zombies. Reimagining Eurasia: A new "Great Game" will not increase U.S. influence in Russia's backyard. A look at what game theory can tell us about a possible Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. The first chapter from The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change, 1510-2010 by John M. Owen.

From New Proposals, a special issue on indigenous nations and Marxism. From Philosophy and Theory in Biology, an article on Stephen Jay Gould: Did he bring paleontology to the “high table”? A danger list in danger: In its care for precious places, UNESCO is torn between its own principles and its members’ wishes; the principles are losing ground. From the Globe and Mail, a series on the future of books. Failure to Communicate: Could the U.S. mission in Afghanistan fall apart simply because of bad translation? A look at how capitalist elites attack what saved them: government. Greekonomics: How long can Greece hold out against modern economics? The Billboard Gazes Also: Noah Berlatsky on advertising, the bastard art. Is hosting a World Cup like sporting a Chanel bag? Destitute spots hosting high-profile sporting events can at least burnish their international reputations even if they are hemorrhaging money, right? Well, probably not. How the World Cup wrecked South Africa. When does holding teachers accountable go too far? Here are 6 famous unsolved mysteries (that have totally been solved). Nouriel Roubini on Gordon Gekko reborn. Christian-backed pregnancy centers help desperate women, but won't discuss abortion or birth control — should pro-choicers let 'em be? To Alaska and back again, Joe McGinniss chronicles evolving 49th state. Psychologists have discovered that some of the most hallowed advice on study habits is flat wrong. Going home, going away: At a 50th high school reunion, well-known traveler Paul Theroux recalls his pride in the hometown he was so eager to leave behind. Going nuclear: Egypt is finally starting its nuclear programme. From The Futurist, an interview with Ray Kurzweil. Flogging Genghis Khan: Mongolia revives its strongman — will the hordes follow?

From Bookforum, a special section on music, including a review by Gary Giddins of Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership by Lewis Hyde. From PopMatters, is free the future of music? George Russell wonders. Can obscure music survive the digital revolution? Dr. Ted's Musical Marvels is a colorful collection of antique musical oddities. An article on the evolving economic geography of the music industry. Roadies, it turns out, are misunderstood; Will Smith learns a thing or two about the job while setting up for Jethro Tull. Paul Morley on the importance of David Bowie. As British pop attempts to find its own voice in a genre invented in and dominated by the US, it borrows forms and imagery from folk music and binds itself to ancient, mystical visions of the country. From New Statesman, DJ Taylor on paperback writers and rock’n’roll poets: Rock and pop lyrics had their heyday in the wake of the Beatles, but the best songwriters have left us a rich literary legacy (and a response). The secrets of songwriters: Whether they're poets or hired guns, modern lyricists are fighting to keep their words in tune with a wildly changing music business — how top writers, from country to hip-hop, nail the phrases they hope will last forever. From the Mises Institute, Doug French on the secrets of the most successful touring band of all time, the Grateful Dead. Why did punk implode so rapidly? A review of A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-1982 by Nicholas Rombes. It seems that the classic rock "canon" — the songs and artists that have come to be regarded as the "best" examples of rock music — has become so dominant that it has been internalised by audiences of all ages. Rock of Ages: Forty years after their deaths, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin now seem part of the mainstream culture they rebelled against.

From The New Yorker, what’s behind Rhonda Byrne’s spiritual empire? Kelefa Sanneh investigates. From The Believer, sweatpants in paradise: Molly Young on the exciting world of immersive retail. From The Awl, Choire Sicha on a brief history of the New York Observer as reported by the Times. A look at how the current Supreme Court justices are much more likely than their predecessors to hire clerks (who follow a well-traveled path from Ivy League to Supreme Court) who match their own ideological positions (and more). How The Washington Times is struggling amid divisions of family, ideology, finances. Is selflessness in our nature?: A review of The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman. More on Sissela Bok's Exploring Happiness: From Aristotle to Brain Science. Important questions remain unanswered: Have the Taliban changed in the decade since they lost office, and is there a neo-Taliban, as some suggest? This year’s Slap-In-The-Face-Get-A-Grip-Bub Award for business books goes to Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of Power: Why Some People Have It — and Others Don’t. More on Pascal Bruckner's The Tyranny of Guilt. Escaping near death: What does it feel like to be the only person to survive a plane crash, a boat wreck or an ambush? Sole survivors tell their stories. A review of True Prep: It's a Whole New Old World by Lisa Birnbach and Chip Kidd (and more and more and more and more). The Rise of the CAFO in Idaho: As mega-dairies and feedlots make up more of Idaho's dairy industry, the conflicts between people and cattle are increasing. The Back Story: If our favorite objects could talk, what tales would they tell? A review of Sophistication: A Literary and Cultural History by Faye Hammill.

From The Weekly Standard, partisanship is here to stay — and that might not be such a bad thing. A review of The Backlash: Right-Wing Radicals, High-Def Hucksters, and Paranoid Politics in the Age of Obama by Will Bunch. Are you reading what he’s reading? Talk of an “Obama bump” for authors comes at a moment when the flavor of public conversation around books has gone from genteel Earl Grey to Tea Party red. “Organized” crime: Andrew C. McCarthy on the President's favorite philosopher, Saul Alinsky ("We are all Pam Geller now"). Homegrown Mujahideen: It's tempting to demonize conservatives with hyperbolic comparisons, but liberals have an obligation to the truth. A review of Dirty Sexy Politics by Meghan McCain (and more). The significance of The Blaze, Glenn Beck’s news and opinion site, may be not so much in what it says about the conservative media’s growing online footprint as in the seemingly endless possibilities of multi-media self-promotion (and more). If Obama cares to know what he is up against, a quick trip through The I.F. Stone's Weekly Reader, or better, a leisurely trip through Stone's invaluable five-volume collection, A Nonconformist History of Our Time, would help orient our personable President to America's deeper political realities. The hardest job in Washington: How would you like to be in charge of holding Congress for the Democrats? Liberals Gone Wild: A short digression on the meaning of a word that apparently has no generally agreed-upon political definition. Jeet Heer explores the secret history of plutocrat populism, from William Randolph Hearst to the Koch brothers. Here are 7 ways the Koch Brothers benefit from corporate welfare. Jacob Weisberg on Obama's moral cowardice: The president refuses to stand up for immigration, gay rights, and religious freedom. Not so easy, is it? How Obama's struggles with disaster and war may be casting Bush's presidency in a more favorable light. More on Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics by Susan Herbst.