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Noontime Linkage

July 30, 2012

  • The battle for Aleppo continues
  • Barbara Walter doesn’t think much of Syria’s “chemical weapons bluff.”
  • David Axe explains how German Typhoons took on US F-22s.
  • BJ Keefe calls attention to an hour-long talk by Richard Rhodes, nuclear-weapons historian extraordinaire. 
  •  Patrick Nielsen Hayden calls this piece on Machiavelli and Florence “one of the best pieces of historical writing I have read on a blog.” It is awfully good, but there’s something inherently wrong with mentioning The Prince without any acknowledgment of the existence of The Discourses. As, um, we do in virtually every “Intro to International Relations” class. It distorts the intellectual status of the former as something other than a special case of the general propositions found in the latter. 
  • “Kirk your Enthusiasm” launches at HiLoBrow. 
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Daniel H. Nexon is a Professor at Georgetown University, with a joint appointment in the Department of Government and the School of Foreign Service. His academic work focuses on international-relations theory, power politics, empires and hegemony, and international order. He has also written on the relationship between popular culture and world politics.