Christina Kiel (UNO): Non-State Conflict Management and Civil War Duration: Do NGO Interventions Contribute to Shorter Civil Wars? Benjamin Schrader (Hawaii): Forged in War, Battling for Peace. The business of fighting: Mark Reutter reviews A Call to Arms: Mobilizing America for World War II by Maury Klein. What makes America so prone to intervention? Noah Berlatsky interviews Stanley Hauerwas, pacifist theologian, on Syria and why "humanitarianism" is a red herring. From n+1, a solution from hell: In honor of the coming Syria intervention, a piece about the Libya intervention (and a response). From Wonkblog, an interview with Anthony Cordesman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies on how Syria missile strikes might actually work; Ezra Klein on 10 things that could go very wrong if we attack Syria; Lydia DePillis on three big ways the U.S. could help Syrians without using the military; and Brad Plumer on everything you need to know about Syria’s chemical weapons. Don't worry about chemical weapons becoming the new norm. There is no better evidence of the long shadow that the Iraq war continues to case that, while in 2003 the British Parliament supported intervention against the mere possibility that weapons of mass destruction might be used, ten years later the British Parliament voted against it after they had actually been used (and more). Tom Engelhardt on Barbie, Joe, Darth Vader, and making war in children’s culture; and on Star Wars, G.I. Joe, Rambo, Red Dawn, and how a tale of American triumphalism was returned to the child’s world.

Stephen M. Caliendo, Suzanne Chod, and William Muck (North Central College): If We Can't Reach 'EM, Maybe Mayor @Corybooker Can: Using Twitter to Increase Political Interest Among Introduction to American Government Students. Libby Hemphill, Aron Culotta, and Matthew Heston (IIT): Framing in Social Media: How the US Congress Uses Twitter Hashtags to Frame Political Issues. Ben Epstein (DePaul): From the Fireside Chats to the First Political Tweet: The Origin and Diffusion of Political Communication Innovations from the Radio to the Internet. Andrew Roback and Libby Hemphill (IIT): How Constituents Lobby Members of Congress on Twitter. Tetsuro Kobayashi (NII) and Yu Ichifuji (ROIS): Tweets that Matter: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment in Japan. Jana Marie (Hutchinson) Bridwell (Emory): Twitter, Texting, and Street Demonstrations: Assessing Social Media's Political Relevance for Citizen Empowerment. Anne L. Washington and David Morar (George Mason), Fernando Parra (UTEP), and Jason Thatcher and Kyle LePrevost (Clemson): What is the Correlation between Twitter, Polls and the Popular Vote in the 2012 Presidential Election? David Carr on campaign journalism in the age of Twitter. Did Twitter kill the “boys on the bus”? Peter Hamby on searching for a better way to cover a campaign. Who do members of Congress follow on Twitter? Dan Amira investigates. Why hasn't Twitter replaced email in politics? Colin Delany wonders.

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (UCL), Ed Diener (Illinois), Louis Tay (Purdue), and Cody Xuereb (LSE): The Objective Benefits of Subjective Well-Being. It's dismissed out of hand by some as the preserve of "geeks" with latex swords, but those who love live-action role-play describe it as a form of interactive storytelling, writes Peter Ray Allison. Charles Seife writes an open letter to his former NSA colleagues: Mathematicians, why are you not speaking out? The Pervert's Guide to Ideology, the sequel to The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, “sees the reunion of brilliant philosopher Slavoj Zizek with filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, now using their inventive interpretation of moving pictures to examine ideology — the collective fantasies that shape our beliefs and practices”. What does the G20 actually do? Susan Harris Rimmer explains. Critics think Obama has boxed himself in and surrendered executive-branch power to Congress — they’re in for a big surprise. Eric Posner on how Obama is only making his war powers mightier. Molly’s pretty big with the kids these days — so what exactly is all the fuss about? Legal debates over the "big data" revolution currently focus on the risks of inclusion — the privacy and civil liberties consequences of being swept up in big data's net — Jonas Lerman takes a different approach, focusing on the risks of exclusion: the threats big data poses to those whom it overlooks. How did Syria's hacker army suddenly get so good?

Robert C. Power (Widener): The Wire and Alternative Stories of Law and Inequality. Brishen Rogers (Temple): Justice at Work: Minimum Wage Laws and Social Equality. From n+1, how much are they paying you for this shit: Alice Hines on Walmart. From The Brooklyn Quarterly, Rob Goodman analyzes the victories and pitfalls of meritocracy in an era of widening inequality and decreased social mobility; and we need a democratic Great Awakening in America: An interview with Chris Hayes, author of Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy. Why can’t democracy trump inequality? Voters of modest means outnumber voters of excessive means in every election, yet public policy in America essentially comforts only the already comfortable — four political scientists have an explanation. Robert Reich on how the US no longer has public services available to all — those who can afford to now look for private alternatives, creating a vicious circle of diminishing revenues and deteriorating quality. From Slate, Mayor Bill de Blasio wouldn’t fix New York’s inequality and he probably shouldn’t try: A great mayor needs to focus on the banal day-to-day work of city services, not sweeping national policies; rich whiners complain Bill de Blasio is being mean to them; and bad decisions don’t make you poor, being poor makes for bad decisions: New research shows that worrying about money causes cognitive impairments. Jeff Madrick on America’s jobless generation. What's killing poor white women? Monica Potts on how, for most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise — but not for uneducated white women; they have lost five years, and no one knows why.

Il Hyun Cho (Cleveland State) and Seo-Hyun Park (Lafayette): The Rise of China and Varying Sentiments in Southeast Asia Toward Great Powers. John D. Ciorciari (Michigan): China and Cambodia: Patron and Client? Stone Wars: In the disputed territory of Kashmir, civilians wage a battle without modern weapons against “the idea of domination”. Amy Chew on Indonesia's burning question: Environmentalists allege officials are being bribed to ignore illegal forest fires. India's next leader might be a man banned by the U.S. Hansley A. Juliano reviews Unplanned Development: Tracking Change in Asia by Jonathan Rigg. The Great Asian Sell-Off: Why are investors suddenly fleeing markets in South and Southeast Asia? Faine Greenwood on the 8 stages of genocide against Burma’s Rohingya. In search of an Asian or Asean identity: Khanh Vu Duc on the fallacy of universal Asian values. Fifty shades of pink: Some countries in South East Asia consider gay marriage, but elsewhere attitudes harden. Jeremy Fernando on how Lee Kuan Yew’s death has already taken place. A look at how radical Buddhism threatens Myanmar’s path to democracy. Umika Pidaparthy on how India's state divisions evolve past language: The linguistic borders used to shape the country may no longer be adequate. Todd Crowell on the collapse of racial politics in Southeast Asia. Bijoyeta Das on the slow death of India's Majuli Island: Every year many are forced to leave this cultural hotspot as monsoons steadily erode the island.

John Buschman (Seton Hall): Habermas and Intellectual Freedom: Three Paths. Should the the U.S. strike Syria? Max Fisher on the five smartest arguments. Freddie deBoer on Good Wars, Real or Imagined: How many times must we witness the collapse of good intentions into horror and failure before we no longer allow the “Decent Left” to wear those good intentions like a mark of courage? Anugrah Kumar on how the Bible's End Times prophecy could be linked to possible US attack on Syria. From the NYRB, Peter Beinart on the American Jewish cocoon. Garance Franke-Ruta on the everlasting realities of the bohemian lifestyle: As writers in New York lament the "de-classing of intellectuals," a reminder that creative types have never had it easy. Tyler Cowen on who will prosper in the new world. How much is a life worth? Ken Feinberg, the man tasked with compensating victims after a devastating tragedy, knows the answer — and it’s rarely the same. "Something terrible has happened here": Adam B. Vary on the crazy story of how "Clue" went from forgotten flop to cult triumph. Slavoj Zizek Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange: Our new heroes. Wall Street isn't shaping the New York mayoral race — thank public financing. A #SlatePitches Special Report: David Weigel on The Onion — not funny. Noreen Malone on why The Onion is the country’s best op-ed page — seriously.

Mark Graham, Scott A. Hale, and Devin Gaffney (Oxford): Where in the World are You? Geolocation and Language Identification in Twitter. Citing Internet sources in legal decisions and scholarship is the new normal — and so are disappearing web pages; Scott McLemee clicks through. “How can they be so good?”: Toivo Tanavsuu on the strange story of Skype. Charles Kenney on what the web didn't deliver: High economic growth. Kevin Driscoll reviews Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet by Finn Brunton. Is Digg making a quiet comeback? Kimberlee Morrison wonders. Robert T. Gonzalez on how upvote/downvote sites like Reddit breed irrational herd behavior. From Vice, what is it about the Internet that turns people into massive dicks? Anil Dash on the 10 Rules of Internet. The Internet's troll-slayer: Sci-fi author John Scalzi has become internet royalty by using his online powers for good. Dana Liebelson on the war over free speech, harassment, and trolls hits another social-media site. Megan Garber on how to catch a liar on the Internet: Technology makes it easier than ever to play fast and loose with the truth — but easier than ever to get caught. Meet 4chan's /x/philes, investigators of the Internet's strangest mysteries. Nitasha Tiku on why there aren't enough women in tech. Can these students fix Wikipedia's lady problem? Nina Liss-Schultz investigates. James Cook on Second Life: What went wrong?

Nora Lustig (Tulane), Luis F. Lopez-Calva (World Bank), and Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez (UNDP): Deconstructing the Decline in Inequality in Latin America. Thamy Pogrebinschi (WZB): The Pragmatic Turn of Democracy in Latin America. Kenneth M. Roberts (Cornell): Party Systems and Democratic Divergence in Contemporary Latin America. From Middle Ground Journal, a review essay on Caribbean history and its relevance to global history by Jerome Teelucksingh. Antonio Lecuna on how Latin America's Left gets cozy. Marie Arana on Simon Bolivar, the Latin American hero many Americans don’t know. The blank slate state: Will an isolated corner of Honduras become the new birthplace of liberty? Alo Presidente: Martin Marinos on Hugo Chavez and popular leadership. Pablo Stefanoni on the libertarian left and “people’s governments”: Some bridges, and a fair number of precipices. Is the US losing Latin America? Shlomo Ben-Ami wonders. Too bourgeois to bus tables: An article on Mexico’s middle class. Che Guevara's “betrayer” Ciro Bustos tells his side of the story after 40 years. Fractured continent: Juan de Onis on the turmoil and promise of Latin America. Tim Harcourt on Uruguay, South America's New Zealand. Andres Velasco on illiberal democracy in Latin America. Ecuador asked the world to pay it not to drill for oil — the world said no. Brazilian soldiers and native tribespeople are clashing in the Amazon. Lucas Lyndes on how ebooks can bridge borders in Latin America.

Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Nonsectarian Welfare Statements. From GeoCurrents, Asya Pereltsvaig on the geography of “book” and the spatial distribution of words. Linda Rodriguez McRobbie on the history and psychology of clowns being scary. Kevin Drum on why Obama's Syria muddle is so disappointing. Crossing the line: Steve Coll on Syria’s chemical weapons and memories of Iraq. Thomas Stackpole on how the world's most notorious micronation has the secret to protecting your data from the NSA: A decade ago, the Principality of Sealand tried to create a data haven and failed spectacularly — now it's trying again. Sean Roberts on uncovering spurious correlations between language and culture. Kevin Higgins on Hitchens through the looking glass: The late polemicist gets a taste of his own medicine. Mike Konczal on how conservatives don’t get that some problems are public, and it’s hurting them. From Improbable Research, a look at the universality of “Boys Will Be Boys” (and more). The war on Obamacare has officially reached its point of reductio ad absurdum: Two of the opposition's favored fevered conspiracy theories about the law have clashed, like two asteroids headed for the planet that smash into each other before they can do any damage below. Why are major media outlets ignoring bestselling writer Mark Levin? Mark Wilcox on 7 management myths that need to be busted.

Greta Olson (Giessen): Recovering from the Men We Loved to Hate: Barack Obama as a Representative of Post-Post September 11 White House Masculinity. Peggy Li (UC-Berkeley): Physical Attractiveness and Femininity: Helpful or Hurtful for Female Attorneys. Paul Sargent (SDSU): Reluctant Role Models: Men Teachers and the Reproduction of Hegemonic Masculinity. Mary E. Guy (Colorado): Inch by Inch: Gender Equity Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. John M. Kang (St. Thomas): Does Manly Courage Exist? Karie Cross (Notre Dame): The Gendered Effects of Structural Violence. Marijke De Pauw (VUB): Women's Rights: From Bad to Worse? Assessing the Evolution of Incompatible Reservations to the CEDAW Convention. Estelle B. Freedman on feminism’s amazing achievement: Changing the conversation — and laws — about rape. Men are people and women are women: The Home Depot edition (and more). “There is no pressure for a girl to be a girl”: Caroline Kitchener on her quest to understand why some of her female friends are drawn to the frattiest social club on campus. Sarah Hawkes on how gender norms are killing men. The Pinterest Effect: Jessica Grose on the rise of DIY and the end of expertise — nouveau domesticity isn't just anti-feminist. Why do so many incompetent men become leaders? Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic wonders. The oldest war: Remember when the battle of the sexes was a laughing matter?