In intelligence briefings, Trump prefers “as little as possible”. Trump national security team gets a slow start. Learning curve as Rick Perry pursues a job he initially misunderstood: Mr. Perry had believed that, as energy secretary, he would be a global ambassador for oil and gas — in reality, he would be overseeing nuclear weapons. Trump’s team weighs retooling State to focus on terror: The shift could mean less focus on climate change and more focus on promoting the use of the term “radical Islam”. Trump’s team is shaping up to be dangerously incoherent — and it could have disastrous consequences with Russia and China.

Daniel Nexon on the many faces of Trump foreign policy. Trump will make America great again by parading the military through the streets: Military parades haven’t been a big part of American history, but they were characteristic of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. Trump’s tweets can be a distraction, but do they signal a real threat to international institutions? The Republican roots and grave risks of Donald Trump’s hostility to NATO: The president-elect joins a long minority tradition within the GOP of opposition to European alliances, and it could lead to global conflict. Are you not alarmed? Donald Trump may push us into another war.

Slavoj Zizek on Donald Trump’s topsy-turvy world. What Trump is throwing out the window: Jessica T. Mathews reviews The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies by Michael T. Flynn and Michael Ledeen; The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force by Eliot A. Cohen; and A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order by Richard Haass. Human Rights Watch portrays U.S. as major threat, citing Trump. As Trump era arrives, a sense of uncertainty grips the world.

In the 1930s many ignored Hitler — now, it’s global warming. The new Trump index: How much does one individual threaten the planet?

From Crooked Timber, Ronald Beiner on the political thought of Stephen K. Bannon. A "one-stop shop" for the alt-Right: The white nationalist leader Richard Spencer is setting up a headquarters in the Washington area. Inside the alt-Right's campaign to smear Trump protesters as anarchists: Viral photos of a sign urging violence against Melania Trump at an anti-Trump protest were planned by one of the organizers of the DeploraBall, Jack Posobiec. The alt-right eats its own: Neo-Nazi podcaster "Mike Enoch" quits after doxxers reveal his wife is Jewish. The alt-Right’s meltdown is just like any other message board drama. Hail Trump? White nationalists already losing faith in President-elect.

"It's time we started thinking of white supremacism as a dangerous, invasive trans-national movement, like jihadism, anarchism, or communism".

Martin Mendelski (Max Planck): The EU's Rule of Law Promotion in Post-Soviet Europe: What Explains the Divergence between Baltic States and EaP Countries? Nikos Skoutaris (East Anglia): The Paradox of the Europeanisation of Intrastate Conflicts. From NYRB, is Europe disintegrating? A review essay by Timothy Garton Ash. Lars Vogel (Jena) and Juan Rodriguez-Teruel (Valencia): Staying on Course in Turbulent Times: National Political Elites and the Crisis of European Integration. The failure of the euro: By creating a single currency without the institutions to sustain it, the E.U. wound up with low growth, high unemployment, and popular disaffection. The first chapter from The Euro and the Battle of Ideas by Markus K. Brunnermeier, Harold James and Jean-Pierre Landau.

Trump’s plans for European missile defense a mystery. Ulrich Kuhn on the sudden German nuke flirtation. Trump has bared his fangs to Merkel — he will do untold damage to Europe. Trump says Europe is in trouble — he has a point. 2017 will test the rise of Europe’s populist far-Right: A guide to what to look for in France, Germany and the Netherlands upcoming elections. The English-speaking, German-loving, French politician Europe has been waiting for: Emmanuel Macron is promising hope and change — for the entire continent. Long live populism: Thomas Piketty on how all is not lost, but it is urgent to act, if we wish to avoid putting the FN (Front National) in a position of power.

Alan Wald reviews Fire and Blood: The European Civil War, 1914-1945 by Enzo Traverso.

Ashley Carse (Vanderbilt): Infrastructure: How a Humble French Engineering Term Shaped the Modern World. Graham Hassall (Victoria): The International Legislature: The UN General Assembly and the Inter Parliamentary Union: Collaborators or Rivals? Chinese president Xi Jinping calls for world without nuclear weapons. Eric Levitz on Chelsea Manning and the false logic of harsh prison sentences. EPA pick Scott Pruitt confirms “climate change is not a hoax” just as news breaks that 2016 was hottest year ever. States are going after abortion as never before, constitution be damned. Jeet Heer on how Democrats should run a celebrity for president, too. At work: Madeleine Morley interviews Christine Murray, editor of Architectural Review.

From Reason, did the Libertarian Party blow it in 2016? The essentials of socialist writing: Socialist writing is less about the genius of the author and more about the community they’re speaking with. Democrats’ policies are more popular — but Republicans are more ideologically unified. Noah Smith on updating libertarianism for the 21st century. Todd Gitlin on the Right’s walls and the Left’s commons: Critical reflections on the long-running clash between Left and Right. Who is really politically correct, and how did a term with such a long history on the Left get co-opted by the Right? A new brain study sheds light on why it can be so hard to change someone’s political beliefs.

Die poor person, die: Erik Loomis on the philosophy of the new Gilded Age. Liberals and libertarians should unite to block Trump’s extremism — what’s more, a “liberaltarian” economic agenda can serve as an alternative to snake-oil populism. Requiem for a lightweight: Markos Moulitsas was once the face of American progressivism — that shouldn’t happen again. Can I go to great books camp? 20-something Republicans have clustered in reading groups sponsored by conservative foundations — liberals should imitate them. Damon Linker on how conservatives out-intellectualized progressives (and more). How the fear of death makes people more right-wing.

What does your party want? As allegiances shift, neither Republicans nor Democrats are really sure. Conservatives really are better looking, research says: Being attractive shapes many things in a person's life — including, apparently, their politics.

Yikai Wang (Oslo): The Political Economy of the Middle-Income Trap: Implications for Potential Growth. Rabah Arezki, Rick van der Ploeg, and Frederik Toscani on the shifting natural wealth of nations. Humanity has racked up a record $152 trillion of debt: The global economy is in uncharted waters — perhaps it will take novel measures to guide it back to familiar seas. Why do governments drown in debt, but politicians don't crack down on tax evasion? Josh Eisen and Richard Swift ring the alarm bells over the looting of the public purse. Henry Farrell (George Washington): Globalized Green Lanternism. Trump’s election adds growth, uncertainty to global forecast, IMF says.

David F. Lancy (Utah State): Teaching: Natural or Cultural? Teaching the teachers: Great teaching has long been seen as an innate skill — but reformers are showing that the best teachers are made, not born. Making it easier to fire teachers won't fix American education. We have to stop blaming teachers for all of the ills and injustices of American society. Amy Brown (Penn) and Mark Stern (Colgate): "It's 5:30. I'm Exhausted. And I Have to Go All the Way to F*%#ing Fishtown": Educator Depression, Activism and Finding (Armed) Love in a Hopeless (Neoliberal) Place. Fortress of tedium: Nicholson Baker on what he learned as a substitute teacher — a novelist's education in the classroom (and more).