Ziya Onis (Koc): Turkey and the Arab Revolutions: Boundaries of Middle Power Influence in a Turbulent Region. Zahra Albarazi (Tilburg): The Stateless Syrians. Daniele J. Atzori (FEEM): The Political Economy of Oil and the Crisis of the Arab State System. Haider Ala Hamoudi (Pittsburgh): Repugnancy in the Arab World. Turkuler Isiksel (Columbia): Between Text and Context: Turkey's Tradition of Authoritarian Constitutionalism. From World Affairs Journal, a symposium on the lessons learned from the Iraq invasion. Aaron David Miller on what's really wrong with the Middle East: Explaining the persistence of violence, sectarianism, and incompetence. The US and Iran, decades of animosity: Patrick Aloysius McDade on an analysis of the path to the current conflict. They are Orthodox, hear them roar: Allison Kaplan Sommer and Dahlia Lithwick on the women who are helping to shape Israel’s future (and an update). Sam Thompson interviews Salah Al Haddad: The formerly blacklisted writer talks about censorship under the Gadhafi regime and why culture in Tripoli is now “as important as food and water”. The first chapter from The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement by Carrie Rosefsky Wickham. Rape in Syria: Janine Di Giovanni on stories of the atrocities that are “happening every day”. There's no Nate Silver in Middle Eastern politics: Good luck predicting how the new set of Israel-Palestine peace talks will unfold. Danny Postel reviews Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett.

Rebecca Tushnet (Georgetown): Make Me Walk, Make Me Talk, Do Whatever You Please: Barbie and Exceptions. Toby Rogers (GCC): Using Prisoner's Dilemma to Evaluate Corporate Tax Reform Proposals. Mark Thoma on 5 key issues facing the next Fed chief. Brad DeLong on how Paul Volcker will not quite say what he means. Is there any point to economic analysis? Paul Krugman wonders. From The New Yorker, Sarah Stillman on the shocking injustices of civil forfeiture. From New York, a cover story on Chris Christie, and an article on Cory Booker. Nate Silver has turned number-crunching into a glamour profession; Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson talks to him. Chait vs. Costa: Is McCain savvy or unhinged? Leslie Kaufman and Christine Haugney on the last temptation of Tina Brown. Ezra Klein on why hedge funds run by idiots can do well — for awhile. Socialize Big Pharma: Maintaining a private pharmaceutical sector represents a significant public health risk — one solution is complete nationalization. Bruce Sterling on the swirling vortex of cypherpunkian dystopia that is Edward Snowden Wikileaks NSA Bradley Manning (and more by Cory Doctorow). Since when was free-loading a conservative value? Andrew Sullivan wants to know. In an allegory of the print industry at large, military exchanges are dropping close to 900 magazine titles from their newsstands to make room for products like consumer electronics. Alec MacGillis on why the Washington Post sale to Jeff Bezos is bad news.

From The Humanist, Namit Arora on eating animals: Opposition to factory farming as an ethical starting point. Should chimpanzees have legal rights? The “animal personhood” movement believes dolphins, great apes, and elephants deserve to be able to sue — and now it has a plaintiff. On being an octopus: Peter Godfrey-Smith on diving deep in search of the human mind. James McWilliams on radical activism and the future of animal rights. Animals have thoughts, feelings and personality — why have we taken so long to catch up with animal consciousness? Tom McClelland reviews Can Animals Be Moral? by Mark Rowlands. If you know how a cow feels, will you eat less meat? Inside a lab on the Stanford University campus, students experience what it might feel like to be a cow. An excerpt from Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory by Vaclav Smil. Researchers find more evidence that dolphins use names. David Pearce on the antispeciesist revolution. Andrew C. Revkin on a closer look at “nonhuman personhood” and animal welfare. The first chapter from Social Learning: An Introduction to Mechanisms, Methods, and Models by William Hoppitt and Kevin N. Laland. Julie Hecht on how to teach language to dogs. Peter Singer on the world's first cruelty-free hamburger: Today's tasting of in vitro meat could herald a future free from needless animal suffering and polluting factory farms.