Friday’s Reading List
By Taylor Marvin
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.
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.
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.