Matthew C. Waxman (Columbia): The Power to Wage War Successfully. Daniel Abebe (Chicago): Cyberwar, International Politics, and Institutional Design. Stephen M. Griffin (Tulane): Analyzing War Powers After 9/11. Harold Evans reviews How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon by Rosa Brooks. The ACLU goes to war: Philip Bobbitt reviews The Drone Memos (and a response). Mary L. Dudziak on how war lost its politics. How many guns did the U.S. lose track of in Iraq and Afghanistan? Hundreds of thousands. Paul Finkelman reviews Waging War: The Clash Between President and Congress, 1776 to ISIS by David J. Barron.

Rebecca Ingber (BU): The Obama War Powers Legacy and the Internal Forces that Entrench Executive Power. Saikrishna Prakash (Virginia): Military Force and Violence, but Neither War nor Hostilities. John Keane reviews On War and Democracy by Christopher Kutz. The Pentagon's "Terminator conundrum": Robots that could kill on their own. Abigail R. Hall Blanco reviews We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age by Laurie Calhoun. Robert Farley on the US military's worst nightmare: A war with Russia and China (at the same time) — what would happen?


Thomas Fletcher and Kevin Hylton (Leeds Beckett): "Race", Whiteness and Sport. Jakub Cerveny, Jan C. van Ours, and Martin van Tuijl (Tilburg): Effects of a Red Card on Goal-Scoring in World Cup Football Matches. Josephine R. Potuto (Nebraska): Swinging at the Facts: How Baseball Informs Legal Argument. Here is a novel approach to investigating basketball experts' perceptions of the hot hand. Sarah Mesle and Phillip Maciak on why football is important to them, as book-ish television fans. Gregg Popovich is the NBA's most "woke" coach. One woman's quest to end the sexual assault epidemic in college football.

Germano Schwartz (FSG), Renata Almeida da Costa (Unilasalle), and Alexandre Soares Brandao Fleck (Onati): How Does Football Influence the Political System and Juridify Social Movements? Brazil, June 2013. Christopher R Matthews and Alex Channon (Brighton): Understanding Sports Violence: Revisiting Foundational Explorations. Cathy D. Lirgg and Michael D. Merrie (Arkansas) and Deborah L. Feltz (Michigan State): Self-efficacy of Sports Officials: A Critical Review of the Literature. Implicit bias and the NFL draft: Brando Simeo Starkey on how teams don't recognize how unconscious attitudes about race affect which players they select.


Trump, promising arms race, could set world on uncertain path. Vladimir Putin, unsurprised by Trump's remarks, says Russia wants no nuclear arms race. Trump releases letter from Putin amid talk of nuclear arms race: The timing is interesting. Trump and Putin, the worst case scenario: Rather than engaging in an arms race against each other, Trump and Putin are possibly teaming up as nuclear partners against shared targets. How Donald Trump creates a foreign policy blunder — in three easy steps. Call me a coddled snowflake, but Trump's fetish for nukes is infinitely more terrifying than his other outrages. Senator Jeff Merkley says Trump has "maturity of a 5-year-old" — which makes nuke talk very scary.

Alex Wellerstein on the president and the bomb: "The entire point of the US command and control system is to guarantee that the President and only the President is capable of authorizing nuclear war whenever he needs to". Could Trump help unleash nuclear catastrophe with a single tweet? Yes. World War Three, by mistake: Harsh political rhetoric, combined with the vulnerability of the nuclear command-and-control system, has made the risk of global catastrophe greater than ever.


Timo Jutten (Essex): Is the Market a Sphere of Social Freedom? John Armitage and Joanne Roberts (Southampton): The Spirit of Luxury. Russian cyberforgers steal millions a day with fake sites. In Exiled in America: Life on the Margins in a Residential Hotel, Christopher P. Dum portrays not only inescapable squalor but also efforts to create order in seriously damaged lives. Gloria Steinem: “Fewer people will say we live in a post-racist, post-feminist world”. North Carolina is no longer classified as a democracy (and more). Is the GOP still a democratic party? Republicans at democracy's crossroads. The will of the people: The Electoral College once served an urgent political purpose — the time has now come to abolish it.


From the New Yorker, John Cassidy on the road from Saddam Hussein to Donald Trump; and Maria Konnikova on the psychological research that helps explain the election. Two books that diagnosed Trumpism pre-Trump. The chaos theory of Donald Trump: Sowing confusion through tweets. Trump's $440 billion weapon: The president-elect appears set on becoming personally involved in the contracting process — how far can he actually go? Trump writing his own White House rules: He is shining a light on how much of the American political system is encoded in custom and how little is based in the law. What it takes to get a meeting with Trump: Apparently, it’s really easy.

Inside the Trump Organization, the company that has run Trump’s big world. Judd Legum on a New York Times story regarding Trump's conflicts of interest. Trump adopting same behavior he criticized Clinton for: Donald Trump spent the past two years lambasting rival Hillary Clinton as crooked, corrupt, and weak.

Russia analyst Nina Khrushcheva: I was just in Moscow and people are laughing as Putin plays “that fool” Donald Trump. Russia “certainly” has Donald Trump dossier ready to deploy at most opportune moment.


From we_magazine, a special issue on India. Indira Jaising and Rangita de Silva de Alwis (Penn): The Role of Personal Laws in Creating a “Second Sex”. Leading Nepal editor speaks out about independent media facing censorship in South Asia. Perpetuating the myth of constitutional patriotism: The court’s appeal to constitutional patriotism in its order on the national anthem demonstrates a forsaking of intellectual enquiry into political theory and law, and a perilous road to judicial hegemony. Rozina Ali on a troubling culture war between India and Pakistan. Ragini Tharoor Srinivasan on the slow strangulation of a South Asian magazine. Zia Mian on Kashmir, climate change, and nuclear war.

From Canadian Journal of History, Jim Handy and Michael D. Kirkpatrick on “a terrible necessity”: The Economist on India. Srila Roy looks at the “new” forms of feminist activism being engaged in by young women, subaltern women and queer women in South Asia, and beyond, calling on us to reconsider what we mean by “radical” political engagement. India’s model for tolerance: In the country’s current period of high Hindu-Muslim tension, this city might have the answers. Gurumurthy Kalyanaram on why South Asia’s rise should interest the U.S.: A salient but overlooked dynamic during the Obama presidency is the rise of new strategic opportunities for the U.S. in South Asia.

Thunder from the East: The idea that India might one day be at the fulcrum of global economic development underlines the point that the story of Easternisation is about much more than China.


Robert Myles (Auckland): The Fetish for a Subversive Jesus. Susanna Mancini (Bologna): Global Religion in a Post-Westphalia World. Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Death of God and the Death of Morality. Raphael Magarik reviews Why Philosophy Matters for the Study of Religion — and Vice Versa by Thomas A. Lewis. Neil Van Leeuwen (Georgia State): Do Religious “Beliefs” Respond to Evidence? Marika Rose (Durham): The Christian Legacy is Incomplete: For and Against Zizek. Pranoto Iskandar (IMR): The Human Right to Non-Religious Beliefs: A Prospectus. Steven Douglas Smith (San Diego): Naturalism and the Trajectory of History. Religious people understand the world less, study suggests.

From HTS Theological Studies, Arthur J. Dewey (Xavier): The Memorable Invention of the Death of Jesus; and Eduard Verhoef (Pretoria): Why Did People Choose for the Jesus-Movement? Chiara Cordelli (Chicago): Democratizing Organized Religion. Jonathan Chaplin (Cambridge): The Global Greening of Religion. Hans van Eyghen (VU): There is No Sensus Divinitatis. Daniel Howard-Snyder (Western Washington): The Skeptical Christian. What is religion good for? George Scialabba reviews Faith versus Fact: Why Science and Religion are Incompatible by Jerry Coyne. The introduction to Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy by Asli U. Bali and Hanna Lerner.

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