Karen Devine (Dublin City): Patriotism and U.S. Foreign Policy: A Longitudinal and Genealogical Study of Public Opinion and Elite Discourses. Alexandra Guisinger (Notre Dame) and Elizabeth N. Saunders (GWU): Mapping the Boundaries of Elite Cues: How Elites Shape Mass Opinion Across International Issues. Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore (GWU): The End of Hypocrisy: American Foreign Policy in the Age of Leaks. Patrick Smith wants American foreign policy to fail: Drones, wiretapping foreign leaders, NSA out of control — change will only come when our foreign policy truly fails (and more). Ashok Rao on why America has a moral obligation to borrow and spend. The introduction to Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan by Henry R. Nau. Eric Rauchway reviews American Empire, 1945-2000: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home by Joshua Freeman. Doug Henwood on the decline of the American Empire: Neoliberalism lives and shouldn’t be given a premature obituary, but the American empire has entered a decadent phase. Far from an imperial power, the US has far less influence over the hosts of its overseas bases than commonly assumed. Chris Wilson on how the world is falling out of love with America — again. It was nice while it lasted: Rosa Brooks on the end of America. America the Bystander: Harvard's Ali Wyne explains how misguided perceptions of American decline can lead to misguided decisions of foreign policy. Roger Berkowitz on the canard of decline.

Robert W. McGee (Fayetteville State): The Solution to Obamacare. Chris Bertram on the term “the taxpayer” as an apparently neutral synonym for “the public”. Atheists and homosexuals were called perverts once — why do we still see perversion where no harm is done? Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson on intellectual motion-sickness: Martha Nussbaum is one of the few philosophers who engages with a broad audience — it’s a shame that her new book is such a mess. Why do poor people “waste” money on luxury goods? Tressie McMillan Cottom investigates. A bunch of proposed laws would regulate government snoops — Raffaela Wakeman on a guide to which is which. How much are we willing to pay for the pursuit of happiness? Benjamin Radcliff suggests that social programs produce a happier population. Carl H. Klaus offers readers instruction in the secret arts of the persona in A Self Made of Words: Crafting a Distinctive Persona in Nonfiction Writing — Scott McLemee looks behind the mask. Intimations of Mortality: Death never lets us down — not even writing about death decreases the fear of it. Rogue researcher has “evidence” that the kraken really existed: What does it take to get your sea monster theory taken seriously these days? Jo Stewart on how there’s no God in Antarctica. Rules for spies: America will not and should not stop spying — but a clearer focus and better oversight are needed to restore trust.

Brian Soucek (UC-Davis): Perceived Homosexuals: Looking Gay Enough for Title VII. Nancy J. Knauer (Temple): Identity/Time. From Polari, Christopher Bryant interviews R.B. Parkinson, author of A Little Gay History (and more). Have we got Matthew Shepard all wrong? A new book argues that America’s most notorious hate crime was not a hate crime at all. David Peisner on Alan Chambers, the man behind the historic implosion of the ex-gay movement. Audra Schroeder on how gay blogger Michael Rogers is tweeting politicians out of the closet. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Judith Butler showed Natalie Hanman the transformative power of the word queer. Mobeen Azhar on gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult. Peter Drucker reviews Israel/Palestine and the Queer International by Sarah Schulman. Dystropia: Troy Farah on why the sassy gay friend isn't progressive. Nathaniel Frank on how gays are winning the right to the word "marriage", thanks to the DOMA ruling. Sally R. Munt reviews Just Queer Folks: Gender and Sexuality in Rural America by Colin R. Johnson. LGBPTTQQIIAA+: Emily Zak on how we got here from gay. The case for hate speech: Jonathan Rauch on how Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell, and Orson Scott Card have advanced the cause of gay rights. Alice Dreger on the old way to be gay: Are gay male couples a new thing, evolutionarily speaking? Sexual liberation, human freedom: Doug Ireland on how this century’s LGBTQ liberation movement must be part of a broader project to redefine human freedom.