Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 0

Following Rob Fleming in Hornby’s High Fidelity, Venus in Arms proposes a weekly top 5 of articles and posts on security, defense, and related matters.

This inaugurating week, Venus in Arms suggests to begin with Lawrence Freedman’s “Ukraine and the Art of Crisis Management” posted on War on the Rocks (a great scholar on a great blog).

Between memory and current events, always on the Ukraine crisis, in the words of Julien Fürst:  “In Simferopol” on the London Review of Books’ website.

Foreign Policy’s David Rothkopf tackles the “disconnection” between political leaders and a world that is constantly reshaped by technologies that change at a fast pace.

The Atlantic’s Siddhartha Mitter tells the story of the aftermath of war in Ivory Coast, wondering if violence has produced winners and losers or “just survivors”.

Finally, slightly off-topic, the big data journalism of Nate Silver deserves mention for the new version of fivethirtyeight.com. Not so much on defense, but good stuff on public opinion and US foreign policy. Although Venus in Arms also suggests to follow March Madness through Tournament predictions.

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