Teemu Ruskola (Emory): Where is Asia? When is Asia? Theorizing Comparative Law and International Law. Rod Tyers and Jane Golley (ANU): Contrasting Giants: Demographic Change and Economic Performance in China and India. Sital Kalantry and Jocelyn E. Getgen (Cornell): Combating Acid Violence in Bangladesh, India and Cambodia. In Kazakhstan, a good old-fashioned sham election. The crisis of the Constituent Assembly in Nepal: Anand S Verma says that disparate political forces in the Himalayan country have affected its democratic journey. Meet modern Mongolia — a mishmash of PlayStations, yurts, heavy metal, teenage shamans, Genghis Khan toilet paper, fried meat, and ancient glory. The first chapter from Becoming Yellow: A Short History of Racial Thinking by Michael Keevak. A rash of suicides at South Korea’s most prestigious university highlights a generation of students awash in unhappiness. Robert J. Shiller on the Japanese economy. Quality of Life: Amartya Sen on India vs. China. Five centuries ago, Goa became a European colony — so how come we are still reluctant to learn our lessons from what happened in the tiny state? Martin W. Lewis on the Iran-Pakistan border barrier and the geopolitical complexities in the twin insurgencies of Balochistan. A history of oppression: An article on the Tamils of Sri Lanka. Pyongyang Spring: Could Kim Jong Il's regime be the next autocratic government to fall? Andropov was right: Tariq Ali reviews Afgantsy: The Russians in Afghanistan 1979-89 by Rodric Braithwaite and A Long Goodbye: The Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan by Artemy Kalinovsky. A review of Consumptionomics: Asia's Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet by Chandran Nair. Unnatural Selection: Chinese and Indian sex ratios are a time bomb.

W. Kip Viscusi (Vanderbilt): Policy Challenges of the Heterogeneity of the Value of Statistical Life. From The Awl, Maria Bustillos on voting, the most discouraging, important thing you can do. Reason seen more as weapon than path to truth: Rationality evolved to win arguments, some scholars suggest, and flawed reasoning is itself an adaptation. Wired goes inside the weird world of medical studies. The Undefeated: What the new Sarah Palin documentary gets right, and wrong, about her politics. The reality gap: Now more than ever, Republicans and Democrats are separated by expertise — and by facts. Christopher Hitchens on Patrick Leigh Fermor, 1915-2011. David Leonhardt on how to cut the deficit while adding jobs: Both parties have reason to compromise on the debt talks under way as the economy shows signs of stumbling. An excerpt from The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson. Great places: Dave Roberts on reorienting progressive politics for the 21st century (in 5 parts). A review of Searching for Utopia: The History of an Idea by Gregory Claeys. Has the Supreme Court ever heard such a peculiarly American story as that of Anna Nicole Smith? And they didn’t know the half of it. After Iggy: Defending oneself in politics requires stubbornness, caginess and occasionally sycophancy, which is why politicians have a hard time becoming intellectuals. An interview with Garrett M. Graff, author of The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror. Turning FEMA around: Has Obama saved the once-maligned federal agency? Attack of the paleo-survival shows: Brian Kevin on ho how the larger-than-life bushmen of cable TV are creating an audience of armchair anthropologists.

Marek Hlavac (Harvard): Subjective Life Satisfaction in the European Union: Determinants and Policy Implications. Who's happier, Europeans or Americans? Americans really do love to work, it seems, while Europeans are much happier if they skip burning the midnight oil in favor of leisure. US doesn't make cut for happiest nations list: Feel good about yourself and your life? There's a chance you might be Danish. Razib Khan on “gross national happiness” in numbers. The economics of unhappiness: What level of affluence might fulfill us? Two European economists stir the debate. Is there a better measure of happiness than GDP? (and more) Andrew Oswald considers recent moves in economics, famously the most dismal of sciences, to take the happiness and psychological health of the population as seriously as a country's GDP. An interview with Geoff Mulgan, co-founder of Action for Happiness on the philosophy, politics and economic implications of the happiness agenda. Can money buy happiness? Evidence from industrial wage dispersion. Research suggests income disparity makes people unhappy. In a time of vicious budget debates on Capitol Hill, a new study finds that the path to happiness might be through big government. Thomas J. DiLorenzo on the Trojan Horse of "happiness research". William Davies on the uses and abuses of "happiness". Is happiness really possible in a time of ruin? John Zerzan on happiness. Can we become "happy citizens" in a climate of insecurity? A new study sheds light on "dark side of happiness". The poison of unhappiness: Friends and exercise make us happy, unhappy people drag us down. Can you search too hard for happiness? Sometimes the trick to finding joy is to stop obsessing over it (and more). Feeling happy? Don't be too smug as chances are you will die young.