When time is short, attribution of links is the first casualty.

  • Walter Russel Mead sees evidence of the “Anglosphere effect” in Australian, Canadian, and Indian relations. This reminds me that I am very much looking forward to reading Srdjan Vucetic’s The Anglosphere: A Genealogy of a Racialized Identity in International Relations.
  • The Kremlin fires its Defense Minister. Dmitry Gorenburg provides context at the Russian Military Reform blog.
  • Bloomberg News reports on Hu Jintao’s opening address at the Party Congress.
  •  Laia Balcells and Stathis Kalyvas: “Does Warfare Matter? Severity, Duration, and Outcomes in Civil Wars” (PDF).

And also:

  • Hume’s Bastard: “Beware of Made in China Realist Fantasies.” Nice post, but brought back memories of David Wingrove’s Chung Kuo series — a case study in how to take a great idea (Qin-style Chinese global conquest) and ruin it. Some people claim the new “retelling” is better. Maybe.