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  • Syria's Deathtoll -- New Syria statistics–a type of catastrophe comparable with WMD nightmares. We must learn how to prevent them! --
  • "Presidentialist" Democracy -- Thoughtful essay/links explaining how the structure of US presidential democracy is contributing to its problems. --
  • Triumphalist Religiosity -- Great essay on a belief system that exceeds the bounds of tolerance and coexistence–-triumphalist religiosity. --
  • The Many Mideast Solutions -- A sobering inventory of emerging foreign policy challenges. We need to know how the candidates will respond. --
  • Obama's Highlights -- As a counterpoint to widespread Obama bashing, thoughtful reflections on the positive aspects of his presidency. --
  • Academics in Foxholes -- Excellent retrospective on Human Terrain Teams and efforts to integrate the social sciences and military operations --
  • International Affairs Degree in Five Minutes -- An interesting approach to public education–-a BA in international relations in five minutes! --
  • Secular Stagnation -- For those trying to understand the mysteries & threats of today's economy, a free mini-book on secular stagnation. --
  • Empowered Women, Stable State -- Persuasive argument that the treatment of women is one of the best predictors of state stability. --
  • Social Media and Successful Revolutions -- Wael Ghonim asks the all important question: how can social media help revolutions succeed not just happen. --
  • Campaign Reform Coalition -- Strong argument for the conservative side of a 99% coalition for campaign-finance reform. What about liberals? --
  • Peace When -- A new option for Israeli-Palestinian peace in the face of today's intractability--the "Peace When" movement. --
  • The Intergeneraltional Stability of Inequality -- Persuasive charts documenting the intergenerational stability of inequality and have/have-not tensions. --
  • Losing the White Middle Class -- An insightful exploration of how both parties lost the white middle-class and made today's politics more extreme. --
  • The Appeals of Trump and Cruz -- More sophisticated polling, highlighting the different constituencies to which Trump and Cruz appeal. --
  • A Conservative Approach to Poverty -- Britain's David Cameron outlines a comprehensive, conservative approach to poverty. Where are US conservatives? --
  • Niether an Employee nor in Education or Training -- New word (and conflict problem): NEETs– young people who are neither employee nor an education or training. --
  • Recommended Reading for Presidential Hopefuls -- Recommended international relations books for each of the presidential candidates. --
  • Boom or Gloom? -- Great summary, with links, to the big argument between economic pessimists and optimists. --
  • The F-35 and the Military Industrial Complex -- In case you needed proof, the F-35 demonstrates the military-industrial complex is alive and well. --
  • How Republicans Got to Be How they Are -- Dionne’s new book does much to help us understand the long-term origins of today’s big political confrontations. --
  • How Change Happens -- Excellent essay reminding us that change comes through compromise, not the mere statement of idealistic goals. --
  • Exploring Party Divides -- An illuminating exploration of what opinion polling can tell us about the many facets of the US political divide. --
  • Emotional Intelligence Goes Wrong -- The dark side of emotional intelligence-–empathy in the service of Machiavelli. Something to guard against. --
  • The Difference between Trump and Sanders -- How can we bridge the partisan divide when the simple willingness to compromise is such a big issue? --