Michael Di Gregorio (McMaster): Aristotle's Political Psychology: Rhetoric, Affect, and International Relations. Juan Fernando Palacio (St. Gallen): Was Geopolitics Born 60 Years Before Mahan and Mackinder? The Forgotten Contribution of Friedrich List. Stephen Turner (USF): Weber's Foray into Geopolitics. Carsten Rauch and Iris Wurm (Frankfurt): “From Disharmony to Harmony”: A Typology of Great Power Concerts. Stephan M. Haggard (UCSD): Liberal Pessimism: International Relations Theory and the Emerging Powers. From Duck of Minerva, a symposium on The End of IR Theory. A.C. McKeil on international relations as historical political theory. Why do policy makers hate international relations scholarship? Henry Farrell investigates. David Armitage on his book The Foundations of Modern International Thought. Dangerous neighborhoods: Doug Gibler and Alex Braithwaite on why the “Democratic Peace” may have more to do with geography than democracy. You can download The Clash of Civilizations Twenty Years On, ed. J. Paul Barker. From Theory Talks, an interview with Siba Grovogui on IR as theology, reading Kant badly, and the incapacity of Western political theory to travel very far in non-Western contexts; and an interview with Pinar Bilgin on non-Western IR, hybridity, and the one-toothed monster called civilization. Stephanie Carvin on the seven deadly sins of foreign policy: Lust, sloth, and wrath are even worse when states do them — right, Machiavelli? The Fox and the Hedgehog: Randy Borum on contrasting approaches to anticipating the environment.


The inaugural issue of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change is out. James M. Oleske Jr. (Lewis and Clark): Interracial and Same-Sex Marriages: Similar Religious Objections, Very Different Responses. Diana R. H. Winters (Indiana): The Magical Thinking of Food Labeling: The NLEA as a Failed Statute. Jonathan Chait on how everything Marco Rubio touches has turned to shit. A review of Jumbo: The Unauthorised Biography of a Victorian Sensation by John Sutherland. Don’t panic, but there’s a global coffee shortage. Marine Corps commandant Jim Amos got so mad at Marine Corps Times, he tried to ban it. Pentagon plans to shrink Army to pre-World War II level — is Hagel tying America’s hands (and is that a bad thing)? (and more) L. Elliott Hibbler reviews Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age by Susan Crawford. Minimum wage hike is popular, but CBO report reels Rightbloggers into attacking it. Ruth Graham on why scholars can’t resist the uncrackable Voynich manuscript: Studying it has been called “academic suicide”, but an astonishing range of researchers have fallen under a mysterious document’s spell. Obama’s place in history — great, good, average, mediocre or poor?: An early assessment suggests Obama is an average president, in danger of becoming mediocre. In the DeMint era at Heritage, a shift from policy to politics. What did the Druids ever do for us? Jonathan Derbyshire interviews Graham Robb, author of The Ancient Paths: Discovering the Lost Map of Celtic Europe (and more).


Anne Brunon-Ernst (Pantheon-Assas): Jeremy Bentham's Definition of Happiness. Valentine Ibeka (Copenhagen): Should Public Pursuance of Happiness Be Discredited? Roisin Timmins (Edinburgh): Fear of Crime, Fear of Control: How Structuring Freedoms Can Increase Happiness. Yvan I. Russell (Gottingen) and Steve Phelps (Essex): How Do You Measure Pleasure? A Discussion About Intrinsic Costs and Benefits in Primate Allogrooming. Viviana Ramirez (Bath): Ranking by Happiness: A New World Order? (2011). Finn Janning (TBS): The Happiness of Burnout. Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning; how do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one? Roy F. Baumeister wants to know. Why is a dedication to work, no matter how physically destructive and ultimately pointless, considered a virtue? Jenny Diski urges you to down tools while you can. Happiness finds its way to print: Samir Husni interviews with Live Happy magazine editor in chief Karol DeWulf Nickell. Tim Adams interviews Robert Skidelsky: “Why don't more people aspire to living a good life?” This is what happiness looks like: It's possible to isolate what sustained contentment is — and it's more attainable than you might think. I know what will cheer you up: Emotion-detecting advertising is coming — beware. Can putting your child before yourself make you a happier person? Kameron St.Clare on happiness as resistance: Moral obligations of the oppressed. Research suggests a happy life may not be a meaningful life: Tasks that seem mundane, or even difficult, can bring a sense of meaning over time. Noise makes people unhappy, cancer may not. Want a happier life? Act your age.

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