Benjamin E. Goldsmith (Sydney), Yusaku Horiuchi (Dartmouth), and Terence Wood (ANU): Doing Well by Doing Good: The Impact of Foreign Aid on Foreign Public Opinion. From American Diplomacy, Walter Roberts on U.S. public diplomacy: A look to the past; and Thomas Pickering on U.S. public diplomacy in troubled times. Do ambassadors matter? These days, they're mostly salespeople for American business. Kurt Campbell reviews American Statecraft: The Story of the US Foreign Service by J Robert Moskin. Frederick Black reviews Empire of Ideas: The Origins of Public Diplomacy and the Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy by Justin Hart. The World According to Zbig: Charles Gati interviews Zbigniew Brzezinski. David Rohde on how John Kerry could end up outdoing Hillary Clinton. Only foreign policy can rescue Obama's second term: John Judis on why he needs a deal in Iran or Israel/Palestine. Ted Galen Carpenter on Congress' worst-of-both-worlds approach to foreign policy. Richard S. Grossman on why foreign policy must be more ideological than economic policy. Gregorio Bettiza on religion and American foreign policy in the context of the postsecular turn in world politics and the social sciences. Steve Dobransky on the critical ascension of rare earth elements in global politics and U.S. national security. Jordan Robertson on a new twist in international relations: The Corporate Keep-My-Data-Out-of-the-U.S. Clause. Joshua M. Pryor on global hemp prohibition and American foreign policy. Bruce Jentleson on crowd-sourcing American foreign policy: Here's a sampling of ideas from 21,000 students enrolled in a massive online course on foreign policy.

W. Kip Viscusi (Vanderbilt) and Joel C. Huber and Jason Bell (Duke): The Private Rationality of Bottled Water Drinking. Zanita E. Fenton (Miami): Bastards! And the Welfare Plantation. Eric O. Silva (Georgia Southern): Levels of Disagreement Over Contested Practices (“An analysis of letters to the editor written about two contested practices (American Indian mascots and the exclusive teaching of evolutionary theory) uncovers three analytically distinct levels of disagreement”). Sara McClelland (Michigan) and David M. Frost (Columbia): Sexuality and Social Policy. Felix Salmon on why the irrelevance of Davos is good news. Hayes Brown on 4 ways Tunisia is now more progressive than the United States. Good riddance: A nasty disease, Dracunculiasis, is about to be history. “The greatest catastrophe the world has seen”: R.J.W. Evans reviews books on World War I. Of identity, property and other forms of tyranny: Sukumar Muralidharan on the nation and its citizens. This is your language on cannabis: As marijuana goes legit, our words for it are changing, too. Matthew Yglesias on four great reasons for Congress to stop focusing on deficit reduction. While 2013 may have been dominated on the surface by a large, notable failure, in many ways it was a year of underplayed success for Obama. Jonathan Chait on why Obama pretended he can take economic action. The introduction to Cultures in Motion, ed. Daniel T. Rodgers, Bhavani Raman and Helmut Reimitz. David Oliver on Ky Harlin, BuzzFeed’s secret weapon.

Arthur Saniotis (Adelaide): Remaking Homo: Ethical Issues on Future Human Enhancement. Gavin Rae (AUC Egypt): Heidegger’s Influence on Posthumanism: The Destruction of Metaphysics, Technology and the Overcoming of Anthropocentrism. Brave New World, Plato’s Republic, and our scientific regime: Matthew J. Franck compares the utopian visions of Huxley and Plato. Andy Miah reviews Better Humans? Understanding the Enhancement Project by Michael Hauskeller (and more). New era of fast genetic engineering: A simple, very powerful method is making genome editing much easier and faster — prepare for a revolution in biology and medicine. Biotechnology and other life sciences promise to transform our health, identity, even our brains — should we be worried? Life as we grow it: Breanna Draxler on the promises and perils of synthetic biology. Thomas Damberger on transhumanism and the being of man. George Dvorsky on why you should upload yourself to a supercomputer. Kamil Muzyka on how immortals and posthumans will require regular maintenance. Are we too close to making Gattaca a reality? Ferris Jabr wonders. Atheist voices and their writings have paved the way for us, and now the 21st Century will bring the age of transhumanism to the forefront of society. Russell Blackford on his book Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies. Anyone calling for an end to politics, whether via secession or technocracy or singularity, either has no understanding of how human societies work (the generous interpretation) or has an authoritarian streak itching to show itself (the less-generous version).