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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād, 16th century. Via Wikimedia.

Kamāl ud-Dīn Behzād, 16th century. Via Wikimedia.

What I read this week:

Why aren’t Brazilians more inclinded to promote the secrets of their success?

Alireza Nader looks at the Supreme Leader’s hand in Iran’s upcoming election.

A new overview of the US military’s Pacific-focused AirSea Battle concept. Robert Farley compares the new concept to it’s Cold War-era AirLand Battle predecessor.

Kevin Lees argues that the appointment of Susan Rice as national security advisor and Samantha Power as UN ambassador heralds a new era of liberal interventionism. Suzanne Nossel asks how Power’s support for human rights-minded military intervention will change US foreign policy, and Fred Kaplan explains that Rice’s appointment makes her the most powerful member of the Obama foreign policy team.

Earlier this week I rounded up links to writing on foreign policy and conflict for Political Violence @ a Glance.

A fun look at dialect differences across the United States.

This reading of Star Trek: Deep Space 9’s depiction of Benjamin Sisko’s command strikes me as flawed. Rob Briken has a hilarious take on the new Star Trek movie’s many, many plot holes [spoilers].

Vieux Farka Touré – Ay Bakoy.

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