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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Claude Monet, "Déjeuner sur l'herbe". 1866. Via Wikimedia.

Claude Monet, “Déjeuner sur l’herbe”. 1866. Via Wikimedia.

What I read this week:

The Iran Project’s new paper is certainly worth a read.

 Mike Albertus and Oliver Kaplan on the need for international backing for land reform in Colombia.

What’s Maduro’s slim victory say about the future of Chavismo? Make sure to check out Kevin Lees’ coverage of the election at his blog.

Roger Peng discusses the lessons from the now infamous R&R error.

Will Ahmadinejad’s top aid run in the upcoming Iranian election?

Is China walking back from its no-first-use pledge? If so, likely due to emerging second strike capabilities and emergence of non-nuclear rivalries.

Walter Pincus takes a nuanced position on Kim Jon-un’s belligerence. “What better way to solidify power, as the youngest world head of state, than to go further than his father and grandfather in challenging — at least verbally — the United States?”

On barriers to living in space: “Our drive to live in space has to serve human needs, not human fantasies.” Perhaps depressingly, I agree.

Finally, I haven’t linked to any coverage of the developing Boston bombing story as the implications of the attackers’ identities is still uncertain; that said, SWJ has a roundup of their recent writings on Chechnya.

Also, maker sure to check out Bombino’s awesome new album.

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