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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, 'Self-Portrait', 1650. Via Wikimedia.

Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato, ‘Self-Portrait’, 1650. Via Wikimedia.

What I read this week:

Iran and US both wait on the other for a nuclear compromise. Matt Duss argues that a US attack on Iran is highly unlikely for the rest of Obama’s tenure, an assessment I agree with.

Is COIN the graduate level of war or “pure hokum”? Gian Gentile notes that counterinsurgency is simply war, and are one and lost based on wider strategic contexts rather than special institutional skills.

A Chilean court has closed the Pinochet multi-million dollar embezzlement case, not charging the dictator’s surviving family members (via Lillie Langtry).

“I’m mad as hell…”: Brazilian protests in comparative perspective.

Speaking of Brazil, Dan Drezner notes that 2013 has not been a great year for the BRICS diplomatically, though admittedly unreasonable expectations are more a product of the artificial BRICS narrative than their own fault.

Zimbabwe’s post-election repression: when it comes to international reactions to the recent election, it’s west versus south.

More links on political violence.

Lisa Hannigan – Knots.

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