Top 5 by Venus in Arms – week 91

Presidential primaries are becoming lively, and the debate on candidates also includes foreign policy. Earlier, Bernie Sanders was widely held to be a “weak” on foreign policy, but some supporters are showing how this would be far from true.

One of the challenges the next President will have to face is the modernization of US infrastructures in order to increase what Parag Khanna calls “connectivity competition”. While the US is largely ahead of others in conventional (and nuclear) weapons, Khanna argues that this dimensions has been often overlooked.

Domestically, the US has been facing several challenges as well. The San Bernardino mass shooting showed what determined individuals can achieve, pretty much on their own (or in very small groups). This is the New Yorker’s reportage on the events, two months after they took place.

A couple of suggestions to conclude. First, in the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, some famous authors have been asked to “rewrite” some the bard’s most celebrated works. This is an interview of Harold Jacobson, who’s been rethinking the Merchant of Venice, and has a few things to say about the contemporary “Jewish question” in Europe.

Finally, if you happen to be in Atlanta for the Annual Conference of the International Studies Association (March 16-19), check out the panel on “Star Wars and International Security”!

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