Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 1

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan produced, at least, several lessons for students of war. One of his protagonists, General Stanley McChrystal, comes up with lessons on leadership where he strongly indicates how the human factor is still what makes good armies. You can find a summary in this interesting piece.

From land to air, with Dan Lamothe’s piece on the difficult role of the US in helping out Central American countries such as Honduras fighting drug trafficking. Should they assist “shady” militaries for a greater good?

This week focus is on data and access to data, a hot theme in cyber-related stuff. Big Data is the term of the year, perhaps. Here, you find the “undercover economist” Tim Harford giving a critical look at the issue.

We stay tuned on technology, which affects war-making but also, possibly, war consequences. At MIT, recent research blending math, 3D printing, and concern for post-conflict health might help people with amputated limbs to recover.

Random suggestion. For those passionate of geography and maps, check out New York Public Library’s latest open access project, NYPL Map Warper. Thousands of original maps, and you can also work on them and download.

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