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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Domingos Sequeira, "Portrait of John VI of Portugal", 1806. Via Wikimedia.

Domingos Sequeira, “Portrait of John VI of Portugal”, 1806. Via Wikimedia.

What I read this week:

Barry Blechman on why nuclear arms are the weapons of the weak: “Putin’s emphasis on nuclear forces is reminiscent of President Dwight Eisenhower’s emphasis on massive nuclear retaliation — a posture he adopted to mask the inferiority of US conventional forces to those of the Soviet Union in the 1950s” (via Louis M Wasser).

Speaking of nuclear weapons, the USAF National Air and Space Intelligence Center’s Ballistic and Cruise Missile Threat report is out. Hans M. Kristensen runs down the report’s findings. Daryl G. Press also discusses why nuclear terrorism is the “sham of all fears.”

Eight sub-Saharan African elections within nine weeks highlights region’s fragile democracy.

Complexity theory in peacebuilding initiatives and mass atrocity prevention (via Danny Hirschel-Burns).

Are Brazil’s world class events a catalyst for growth or misallocated public spending?

Why America’s unpopularity in Egypt dramatically limits the US’ ability to influence its political upheaval, and why the recent coup was, as coups go, nothing out of the ordinary.

Is Egypt’s “second revelation” a blow to the Erdogan government?

As always, I rounded up writing on conflict and crisis for Political Violence @ a Glance.

Hindi Zahra – Music.

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