Abdulmalik M. Altamimi (Leeds): The UN's “Responsibility to Protect” and the Arab World's Quest for Democracy. Robbert Maseland and Andre Van Hoorn (Groningen): Does Democracy Deliver in Islamic Societies? Mohamed Abdelaal (Alexandria): Egypt's Constitution: What Went Wrong? Joshua M. Pryor (Hawaii): Prospects for Peace: Iranian Nuclear Proliferation in the Middle East. Patrick H. O'Neil (Puget Sound): A Messianic State? Ideology, Rationality and Eschatology in Iranian Politics. Agatha S. Hultquist and Johanna Birnir (Maryland): The Patronization of Electoral Politics in Authoritarian States: A Study of Ethnopolitical Organizations in the Middle East and North Africa. Stop blaming colonial borders for the Middle East's problems: Plenty of other countries have “artificially drawn” borders and aren’t fighting — here's the real problem with Europe's legacy in the region. An Egyptian court orders the banning of the Muslim Brotherhood and the confiscation of its assets. Eric Trager on how Western media is fixated on the wrong arrest in Egypt. Negotiating Syria: George Packer on Obama’s politics, Assad’s war. The shadow commander: Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East — now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria. An interview with Christopher M. Schroeder, author of Startup Rising: The Entrepreneurial Revolution Remaking the Middle East. What do Spain’s King Juan Carlos, Pope Francis, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani have in common? John Judis on Hegelian dialectics.

David Barnhizer (Cleveland State): Through a PRISM Darkly: Surveillance and Speech Suppression in the Post-Democracy Electronic State. Adam Chodorow (ASU): Death and Taxes and Zombies (“This article fills a glaring gap in the academic literature by examining how the estate and income tax laws apply to the undead”.) From Nautilus, a special issue on the unlikely: Chasing the odds. Hoe down: Cara Parks on how small-scale farmers have turned to high tech to invent the tools they need. David Petraeus: Voldemort comes to CUNY. Done right, security and liberty should reinforce each other — Jane Harman on how to do it right. Why does the Right hate Obamacare? Robert Paul Wolff investigates. Forbes calls Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein holier than Mother Teresa. Ben Walsh on the opportunity cost of buying iPhones and Cronuts. From Harvard Business Review, here is a history of the world in three sentences. An interview with Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni, authors of Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar. Joshua Jelly-Schapiro on the coastal consciousness of John Gillis: The historian explores the tense meeting of land and sea. Hanna Rosin on Murder by Craigslist: A serial killer finds a newly vulnerable class of victims — white, working-class men. Health care and education are messed up for the same reason: How do you keep costs down for a product when consumers can't say "no"?

From The American Conservative, Alan Pell Crawford on the anti-Alinsky: John Jay Chapman teaches conservatives the spirit of practical agitation. The GOP's latest bombshell: Janine Turner, who turned heads as the star of television's Northern Exposure, is turning them anew as a conservative political commentator. Frank Rich on why it’s hard to hate Rand Paul. Jason Zengerle on Ted Cruz, the distinguished wacko bird from Texas (and more by Josh Marshall: “An incredibly bright guy who's an arrogant jerk who basically everybody ends up hating”). Isaac Chotiner on how the Republican Party's wacko birds are also its policy wonks. Avi Tuschman goes inside the conservative brain: What explains their wiring? The wonk gap: What the G.O.P. doesn’t know can hurt us. How to save the Republican Party, courtesy of two Democrats, William A. Galston and Elaine C. Kamarck. Scandal at Clinton Inc.: No one in Bill Clinton’s inner circle did more to shape his post-presidential life than Doug Band — for those who care about the Clintons, that’s a problem. After two decades in the political spotlight, Hillary Clinton and her inner circle now have the freedom to relax for a bit — if you could call this relaxation. A mayoral hopeful now, Bill de Blasio was once a young Leftist. David C. W. Parker on why Democrats are in trouble in 2014. Losing is the new winning: Liza Mundy on how we came to fetishize failure. Stop picking on the D.C. elite — this town is no worse than your town: Nicholas Lemann reviews This Town by Mark Leibovich.