SUMMER 2013

THE MIDDLE EAST


Volume 5, Issue 3: Essays on Middle East cyber militias, succession politics in Qatar, ethnic futurism in the Gulf, and Obama's Syria policy. Also: surveillance, Somali piracy, Syria's heritage at risk, and elections in Japan.

Contributors: Kit Dawnay, Faisal Devji, Christian Henderson, Michael A. Innes, Jessica Lincoln, Terry Pattar, Scott Smith, and Jon Western.

Table of Contents


Foreword

About the Contributors

Essays
Christian Henderson, 'Qatar's Game of Thrones'

Terry Pattar, 'Cyber Attacks in the Middle East'

Scott Smith, 'Ethnic Futurism in the Gulf'

Jon Western, 'What Next For Obama in Syria?'

Faisal Devji, 'The Pleasures of Surveillance'

Jessica Lincoln, 'Somali Piracy: Risk, Benefit, Reward'

Kit Dawnay, 'Elections in Japan'

Postscript

Index of Essays

WINTER/SPRING 2013

THE ARCTIC


Volume 5, Issue 1/2: Essays on Arctic myths and misconceptions, stakeholder priorities, and cold storage for big data. Also: India, the Maldives, Chuck Hagel, the ANC in South Africa, and private sector hearts and minds.

Contributors: Kit Dawnay, Faisal Devji, Stephen D.K. Ellis, Michael A. Innes, Lotta Numminen, Eric Randolph, Clive Schofield, Scott Smith, Ian Townsend-Gault, Jon Western.

Table of Contents


Foreword

About the Contributors

Essays
Clive Schofield, 'Cold Rush: Exploring Arctic Myths and Misconceptions'

Ian Townsend-Gault, 'Defining Arctic Coastal and User Interests'

Lotta Numminen, 'Cool Hunting: Mapping Arctic Stakeholders'

Scott Smith, 'Arctic Steampunk: The New Age of Cold Weather Data Infrastructure'

Kit Dawnay, 'China's Ambitions in the Arctic'

Faisal Devji, 'India's Carnival of Values'

Stephen D.K. Ellis, 'The African National Congress in Exile'

Eric Randolph, 'Unrest in the Maldives'

Jon Western, 'Hagel, the Right, and the Fight for American Power'

Postscript

Index of Essays

SPRING 2012

OCTOBER 2011

VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 10

COLUMNS

DISCONTINUITIES | Scott Smith
HUMAN FLESH SEARCH ENGINES
How China's move from market to maker will shake up the global technology balance

THE QUIET AMERICAN | Jon Western
AFTER LIBYA AND SYRIA: CAN R2P SURVIVE?
Whether or not it has a future is almost certainly dependent on whether or not the current decline in war continues.

XENOPHILE | Stephen Saideman
TEN YEARS AFTER 911: BIG AND SMALL LESSONS
Is the US is better off than it was ten years ago? The answer is clearly no.

THE AGENDA

SUBCONTINENTAL | Eric Randolph
The Love Commandos, Delhi's Bribery Battle, Vulture Extinction, Why Terrorist Attacks Can Be So Pathetic

EMISSIONS | Mari Luomi
The City Dark, The Arab Awakening and the Environment

REVIEWS

BOOKS | H-Net
The Emergence of the Hardware and Software Industries in China and India

BOOKS | H-Net
The Archaeology of Politics and Power: Where, When, and Why the First States Formed

BOOKS | H-Net
Britain, Ireland, and the Second World War

BOOKS | H-Net
Identifying Citizens: ID Cards as Surveillance

SEPTEMBER 2011

VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 9





FEATURES



ESSAY| Hannah Armstrong


PEACEKEEPING AND IMPUNITY IN HAITI

Is there a culture of impunity in Haiti's long-running MINUSTAH operation? Hannah Armstrong explores the vulnerability of populations under peacekeeping mandate.









COLUMNS



DISCONTINUITIES | Scott Smith


MIRROR WORLD: CHINA'S EVOLVING TECHNOLOGY SECTOR

China’s move from market to maker will shake up the global technology balance.





OXFORD DIARY | Faisal Devji


CATEGORIES OF AN IMAGINED PAST

Anders Breivik in Norway: the emergence of a global arena and the paradoxical internalization of new conflicts within old political structures.





XENOPHILE | Stephen Saideman


TRANSITION IN AFGHANISTAN

Understanding the logic of transition in Afghanistan: how ready are Afghan forces to take control? Does it matter?







THE AGENDA



ADVANCE COPY | John Matthew Barlow


Némirovsky, Sartre, and the Fall of France




EMISSIONS | Mari Luomi


Becoming An Ant In A Wasteland






REVIEWS



BOOKS | H-Net


Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control




BOOKS | H-Net


The Shock of the Global: The 1970s In Perspective




BOOKS | H-Net


China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know




BOOKS | H-Net


The Great American University




BOOKS | H-Net


Katyn: Stalin's Massacre and the Triumph of Truth



AUGUST 2011

VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 8





FEATURES


PHOTOGRAPHY | Hannes Opelz


DREAMS OF OCCUPATION

The photographer on his latest installation, the project's inception, how photography has enhanced his travels, and augmented realities.







ESSAY | Eric Randolph


DEVELOPMENT, SECURITY AND MAOIST INSURGENCY

Why we shouldn't take the nexus of security and development for granted, and what it means in India.







COLUMNS



DISCONTINUITIES | Scott Smith


SHANZAI! THE ERA OF DIY WARFARE

Low-cost knocks offs of multimillion dollar weapons systems - the era of large scale, run-and-gun DIY micro-warfare is just around the corner.





XENOPHILE | Stephen Saideman


ASSESSING THE AFGHAN WITHDRAWAL

Obama’s surge decision in 2009 was a turning point in Afghanistan. The recent announcement to end the surge over the course of two years is actually less dramatic.





THE QUIET AMERICAN | Jon Western


THE QADDAFI WARRANT

The International Criminal Court did the right thing by issuing arrest warrants for Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, his son, and chief of military intelligence.







THE AGENDA



EMISSIONS | Mari Luomi


The 2012 Gulf Research Meeting




SUBCONTINENTAL | Eric Randolph


The Supreme Court Ventures Into the Heart of Darkness






REVIEWS



BOOKS | Charli Carpenter


Reviewing the Robot Apocalypse




BOOKS | H-Net


Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America




BOOKS | H-Net


British Universities Past and Present





BOOKS | H-Net


The Magazine Century: American Magazines since 1900.




BOOKS | H-Net


Finance, Banking and Modernisation



JULY 2011

VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 7





FEATURES


LETTER FROM ABROAD | Christine Parthemore


CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION IN THE MEKONG DELTA

In Vietnam's Mekong River Delta, the effects of a changing climate could trigger destabilising economic and political forces.









COLUMNS



DISCONTINUITIES | Scott Smith


CODE IS CULTURE

Coping with the new reality: Changeist's Scott Smith on disruptive technology and innovation in emerging markets, in this first instalment of his new monthly column.




OXFORD DIARY | Faisal Devji


METAPHORS FOR OUR TIME

An ounce of Prevent: why "contagion" and "diffusion" underscore everything that's wrong with Britain's counterterrorism policy.




SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED | Greg Smith


DIGITALLY MEDIATED SURVEILLANCE

Cyber-surveillance in Everyday Life: An International Workshop. University of Toronto, May 12-15 2011. Hosted by the New Transparency project..




XENOPHILE | Stephen Saideman


THE SOVEREIGNTY OF PAKISTAN

The US has been accused of violating Pakistan's sovereignty when it carried out the early May raid on Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound. The reality is more complex.







THE AGENDA



ADVANCE COPY | John Matthew Barlow


The Poison King: How Not to Write History




EMISSIONS | Mari Luomi


The UAE Petrol Shortage




SUBCONTINENTAL | Eric Randolph


The Anti-Corruption Bandwagon Veers Out of Control






REVIEWS



BOOKS | Nick Turse


Monica Haller's Zainab Jawhar




EVENTS | Hannah Armstrong


Pervez Musharraf at the School of Oriental and African Studies






BOOKS | H-Net


Crime and the Rise of Modern America: A History, From 1865-1941




BOOKS | H-Net


The Development Of the PhD Degree In Britain





BOOKS | H-Net


Living the Revolution: Italian Women's Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945




BOOKS | H-Net


American Modern: Documentary Photography by Abbot, Evans and Bourke-White



JUNE 2011

MAY 2011

APRIL 2011

MARCH 2011

VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 3





The March 2011 Issue

The Editors






COLUMNS


OXFORD DIARY


The New Mohammedans

Faisal Devji




SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED


Sound Mapping: A Primer

Greg J. Smith



THE GREEN ZONE


Winning Those Hearts and Minds

Kenneth Payne



THE QUIET AMERICAN


Egypt and the Arab Awakening: What's Next?

Jon Western





THE AGENDA


AFGHAN WIRE


How To Provoke US Political Initiative

Alex Strick van Linschoten



BAD JOURNALIST


The Far End of the Maghreb, All Jazzed For Al Jazeera

Patricia Sauthoff



EPONYMOUS


Post Huffington: The New Venture Capital

Michael A. Innes



FAR EAST DISPATCH


Strange Bedfellows: China and the US in the Middle East

Kit Dawnay



NIR ROSEN


On Qat and the Revolution, Egypt, Islamism and Regional Alliances

Nir Rosen



SUBCONTINENTAL


Indian Steel: There May Well Be Blood

Eric Randolph







REVIEWS





ORIGINAL


Notes on Asymmetric War

Charli Carpenter



Response: Michael L. Gross






India, Pakistan and Democracy: Solving the Puzzle of Divergent Paths

H-Net



Getting It Wrong: Ten of the Greatest Misreported Stories in American Journalism

H-Net

FEBRUARY 2011

JANUARY 2011

VOLUME 3 | ISSUE 1





The January 2011 Issue

The Editors







FEATURES



FIRST PERSON


Aftermath: Lebanon, May 2008

Nir Rosen



ESSAY


Indonesia's Infrastructure Problem

Edward H. Carpenter







COLUMNS


OXFORD DIARY


Islam's Idolatrous Heart

Faisal Devji



THE GREEN ZONE



Making Strategy in the Forever War

Kenneth Payne



SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED



Learning From Hackerspaces

Greg J. Smith



THE QUIET AMERICAN


We Really Don't Need WikiLeaks

Jon Western





THE AGENDA


ADVANCE COPY


An Interview With Buddy Levy

John Matthew Barlow



AFGHAN WIRE


Voices

Alex Strick van Linschoten



BAD JOURNALIST


See Ya: The Top Job-Losses of 2010, AntiHero Vs. Enemy, Kettle Cop-Out, Unemployment Compensation Extensions

Patricia Sauthoff




CAMERA OBSCURA


The Year In Culture, On the Controversy at the National Portrait Gallery

Stassa Edwards



EPONYMOUS


Richard Holbrooke, Old School

Michael A. Innes



FAR EAST DISPATCH


Cablegate: The Taiwan Note

Kit Dawnay



GULF STREAM


Violence and Opposition in Kuwait, WikiLeaks and the Persian Gulf Monarchies

Christopher Davidson



SUBCONTINENTAL


The Subcontinental Alternative Awards 2010, India Crushes Political Dissent, Saffron Terror in the Leaks, China & India: Trade Won't Save You, Corruption 2.0: Out of Control, Villagers Fighting Steel, World Famous Doctor Accused of Being An Insurgent

Eric Randolph







REVIEWS



The Atomic Bomb and the Origins of the Cold War, Electric Reverberations: Technological Change and the Rise of Corporate Mass Media, Toussaint's Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution, Confronting the American Dream: Nicaragua and the Monroe Doctrine

H-Net Reviews

DECEMBER 2010

NOVEMBER 2010