The Duck of Minerva

Wednesday Short Takes

23 January 2013

  • We’re a bit over a week away from selecting the finalists for the awards. As of today we are no longer likely to honor new ballot requests. Those of you have already received a ballot should cast it.
  • I have an interview up with Ramez Naam about his well-received technothriller, Nexus. If that’s your kind of thing, the Kindle edition is on steep discount.
  • Dan Drezner’s morning evisceration of Tom Friedman is a wonder to behold.
  • Cheryl Rofer explains the grounds for skepticism concerning reports of chemical weapons use in Syria.
  • Tim Burke provides long-term perspective on the conflict in Mali.
  • I’m going to get into trouble no matter whom I link to concerning the surprising outcome of the Israeli elections, so here’s the Google News search result. And here’s Jeremy Pressman on Yair Lapid and Brent Sasley on “coalition considerations after the vote.”

And also:

  • Andrew Yeo notes that the US is downsizing its presence in the Azores. 
  • BLTN: Will Starbucks become the world’s largest bank?
  • David Silby argues that “Americans have [always] been an imperial people.”
  • Michael Poznansky on “(democratic) peace in the Middle East.”
  • SocProf looks (and I do mean “looks”) at the WEF World Risk Report.