I’m out of town, so this is the best I can do. And since one post with Dunecat isn’t enough….
- Dan Byman urges full US support for the rebels.
- Rob Farley discusses CJ Chivers analysis of the impact of rebel-deployed IEDs on the Syrian army.
- A long essay by Greg Afinogenov on Putin’s Russia and current protests there. Afinogenov argues that Putinism isn’t so much authoritarian as “post-democratic” (via).
American Grand Strategy:
- Celeste Ward Gventer argues that maintaing America’s position depends on resisting the temptation to nation-build, i.e., avoiding imperial overextension. The piece is part of a week-long forum at the NIC’s Global Trends 2030 blog on American Decline. Which, as I’ve alluded to before, I would be more enthusiastic about recommending if the blog’s banner wasn’t headache-inducing.
- “For those who continue to conduct ethnographic research as a professor, juggling research with increased responsibilities is a challenge. With increased teaching, service, and family commitments to aging parents and/or children, researchers have slimmer blocks of time and energy to undertake observations, write field notes, and analyze and prepare the results for publication.“
- Neatorama has Phineas and Ferb Stainless Steel Liquid Lock Bottles for sale. Below is what Google Ads paired with it:
- Phineas and Ferb does not, I submit, provide the Romney campaign’s preferred corporate association for Bain Capital.