Friday’s Reading List
By Taylor Marvin
What I read this week:
The US government shutdown continues to dominate domestic news. Jonathan Bernstein pushes back against the commonly-argued idea that a parliamentary system would necessarily be superior.
Sarah Bauerle Danzman and W. Kindred Winecoff examine whether US financial hegemony will continue after a month of default threats.
The US military’s growing presence in Italy, a springboard to the Middle East and Africa.
James Kitfield has five thoughts on the recent US raids in Somalia and Libya, including an argued shift in the counter-terror center of gravity from the CIA to the US military. Daniel Byman examines the tradeoffs of efforts to capture versus kill terror targets.
Saudis brace for ‘nightmare’ of U.S.-Iran rapprochement: “If America and Iran reach an understanding it may be at the cost of the Arab world and the Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia,” says a Saudi parliamentarian.
Earlier this week I compiled links on political violence at Political Violence @ a Glance.