Clark B. Lombardi (Washington): Can Islamizing a Legal System Ever Help Promote Liberal Democracy? A View from Pakistan. Identity and politics: The demographic make-up of South Asia has helped reinforce identity politics in each country in the region. Wickets and Wariness: Shashi Tharoor on India-Pakistan relations. The Coming Storm: The people of Bangladesh have much to teach us about how a crowded planet can best adapt to rising sea levels — for them, that future is now. A review of Pakistan: A Hard Country by Anatol Lieven (and more and more and more and more). Is this the end for Muhammad Yunus? In today's Bangladesh, even a Nobel Prize can't protect you from persecution (and more by Jagdish Bhagwati). A review of Monsoon: The Indian Ocean and the Future of American Power by Robert Kaplan (and more and more). A. Q. Khan, the “father” of the Pakistani bomb, on why we shouldn’t be afraid. Is growth incomplete without social progress? Ejaz Ghani on South Asia’s development paradox. Unraveling the mystery of who sheltered Osama bin Laden won’t be easy; ex-CIA officer Bruce Riedel on how the Pakistani army is both at war with al Qaeda and in bed with it. A review of "The Indian Ocean in World History," a Web resource developed by Susan Douglass. A review of India and Pakistan: Continued Conflict or Cooperation? by Stanley Wolpert. The land that maps forgot: An article on enclaves between India and Bangladesh. Mark Leon Goldberg on the awful economics of sex work in Bangladesh. The call of the American Demarche: Does India really follow the US lead as blindly as the Wikileaks cables seem to suggest? Running the Asylum: A schizophrenic tries to save the mentally ill in Pakistan, a land gone mad. Could India turn itself into the school of the world?

From Boston Review, a New Democracy Forum on fixing Congress. From the inaugural issue of The White Review, an interview with Andre Schiffrin, author of Words and Money, on publishing. Just how enlightening is it to explain President Obama through his predecessors, as articles and magazine covers often do? The Century of Disasters: Meltdowns, floods, tornadoes, oil spills, grid crashes — why more and more things seem to be going wrong, and what we can do about it. A playwright’s progress: Andrew Ferguson on converting Mamet. Bin Laden is dead, but Pennsylvanian band leader Ben Laden lives on. The data are in regarding Satoshi Kanazawa: A hard look at last week's "objective attractiveness" analysis in Psychology Today. Here are 5 lessons learned from the Apocalypse Fail, or, it’s not the end of the world as we know it, and I feel so-so. Judicial review under review: Should the legal arguments over Obama's health care law force us to reconsider the role of the courts? The mythic allure of sexy conservatives: The son of Tea Party queen Michelle Bachmann is now a liberal sex object — why are we so into Republicans? Michele Bachmann’s head-banging, gay-bashing BFF: How the Minnesota lawmaker fell in with a controversial hair-metal evangelist. The last of Britain's military forces in Iraq pulled up anchor Sunday, ending more than eight years of fighting militants and training security forces since invading in 2003. They do it for free: An article on the inner lives of interns. After all the talk about amputating ears and public whippings, the Code of Hammurabi pauses to consider the plight of the intern. Avoiding the ignorant and corrupt: The challenge for people who do believe in regulation is to craft a system that works even when government is controlled by people who don’t.

A review of The Future of Aging: Pathways to Human Life Extension. The Longevity Project: Veronique Greenwood on how decades of data reveal paths to long life (and more). Technology advances, humans supersize: Nobel-winning economist Robert Fogel and his colleagues track the startlingly fast changes in human height and longevity since 1700. Do we want to be supersize humans? There's room for debate. On the plains of New Mexico, a band of elite marathoners tests a controversial theory of evolution: that humans can outrun the fastest animals on earth. Annalee Newitz on the first sign that humans are on the verge of evolving into another species. Harvey Fineberg shows us three paths forward for the ever-evolving human species: to stop evolving completely, to evolve naturally — or to control the next steps of human evolution, using genetic modification, to make ourselves smarter, faster, better. Julian Savulescu argues that moral enhancement using biological techniques may hold the key for the future of humanity, faced with problems such as global warming, terrorism, and poverty. Kyle Munkittrick on why cognitive enhancers are not “cheating”. Rise of the Machines: As computers get smarter, experts examine the potential implications. Even robots can be heroes: Researchers have challenged the idea that relatedness is necessary for altruism's evolution. Fight, Fight, Fight: Charles Q. Choi on the history of human aggression. Nice guys finish first: Developments in the study of evolution suggest that the survival of the fittest depends as much on cooperation as it does on a competition between self-interests. From Anthropology in Practice, does cooperation really make it happen? Where does good come from?: Harvard's Edward O. Wilson tries to upend biology, again. Researchers challenge E. O. Wilson over evolutionary theory.