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Friday’s Reading List

By Taylor Marvin

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 'The First of May 1851', 1851. Via Wikimedia.

Franz Xaver Winterhalter, ‘The First of May 1851’, 1851. Via Wikimedia.

What I read this week:

David Axe reviews the massive JSF program’s many, many shortcomings. Given that the program’s size makes it effectively invincible at this point, the US needs to start planning for how its 21st century strategic outlook will be altered by fleet dominated by an uncompetitive aircraft.

Robert Farley passes on a very cool graphic comparing world aircraft carriers. And what do I spy on four classes? F-35s!

Amy Davidson has a strong piece on the “Assange precedent problem.”

How the US military’s lack of a “culture of ownership for this mission set” affects its ability to respond to Syrian WMD usage (via Paul MacDonald).

Foreign Affairs has a long piece on Ali Khamenei, and Haideh Moghissi asks how Hassan Rouhani’s election will affect women’s rights in Iran.

Sarah Bush has a very interesting interview with Daniela Donno about Cambodia’s post-election crisis.

Are Egypt’s generals following the Algeria playbook?

Anne Applebaum argues that the Obama administration should support “democracy”, rather than the military or MB, in Egypt.

Jay Ulfelder notes that nurturing democracy is harder than it looks and that “there are no ‘best practices’ for democratic transitions.”

Noah Millman on why the decision about how Egypt’s coup should affect US aid to the country isn’t an easy one.

Joshua Keating has a new blog at Slate covering international affairs.

As always, more links on political violence over at PVG.

D’Angelo – Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine (Jay Dee Remix).

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