Kal Raustiala (UCLA): Empire and Extraterritoriality in 20th Century America. In praise of nation-building: If the US and its allies are to address national security challenges successfully, then there is no choice but to engage in nation-building. Will America's budget deficit bring an end to world peace? The information revolution has upended the global balance of power, but America has failed to adjust. The international order that America created will endure — if we make the transition to a grand strategy based on reciprocity and shared leadership. Fareed Zakaria warns, stop searching for an Obama Doctrine. An interview with Robert Kagan on foreign policy under the Obama Administration. Could western neo-cons and Iranian hardliners be ratcheting up nuclear tensions for their own motives? Confessions of a Vulcan: An insider's story of how the Bush administration lost Afghanistan. From Ethics and International Affairs, a symposium on "The Ethics of America's Afghan War". The stick and the carrot: Alice Gadler on humanitarian aid in US counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has consolidated a dangerous amount of power; now, his citizens are angry and his opponents scheme. Welfare for Dictators: An investigation reveals how Pentagon billions are flowing to strongmen in the Middle East. Tribal Warriors: Why is it so hard for strongmen to say goodbye? How tyrants endure: Wealthy dictators can ward off revolution; poorer ones will have no choice but to democratize. What happens to deposed leaders? The good autocrat: A stark contrast exists between the tyrannical rulers of the Middle East and the benign despots of East Asia — the precepts of Enlightenment thought dictate freedom for all, but Confucian leaders offer a heretical alternative to Western ideals.

David A. Simon (Harvard): Culture, Creativity and Copyright. Human Rights Watch has released a new report calling on the US government to launch a broad criminal investigation into alleged crimes of torture committed by former President George W. Bush and other top officials under his administration. Ezra Klein on how we have a taxing problem, not just a spending problem. A review of Nom de Plume: A (Secret) History of Pseudonyms by Carmela Ciuraru (and more). Beck is gone: Give the boycotters their due. Breathlessly, she swooned — and quoted Foucault: Mary Bly is a rare academic, one who is also a best-selling romance novelist under the pen name Eloisa James. Michael Wolff on the Murdochalypse: An in-depth look at week two of the News Corp. scandal. Lindsay Beyerstein on the twisted logic of the John Edwards prosecution. David McRaney on the Backfire Effect: When your deepest convictions are challenged by contradictory evidence, your beliefs get stronger. For a bunch, it was just “Too Soon”: There wasn’t enough time between Casey Anthony’s verdict and jokes about Casey Anthony. From Cracked, here are 6 pro-gay marriage arguments for fighting with crazy people; and 3 things gay people are going to hate about gay marriage. Is shame necessary? America's Detainee 001, the persecution of John Walker Lindh: Frank Lindh, father of American Taliban John Walker Lindh, explains why his son is an innocent victim of America's war on terror. Balancing group and self-interest has never been easy, yet human societies display a level of cooperation — to attain that level, specialized traits had to evolve, including such emotions as shame. The triumph of New-Age Medicine: Why many doctors are embracing long-maligned alternative treatments.

Barry Friedman (NYU): Discipline and Method: The Making of the Will of the People. Ian S. Speir (Georgetown): Corporations, the Original Understanding, and the Problem of Power. William D. Araiza (Brooklyn): Campaign Finance Regulation: The Resilience of the American Model. Gene R. Nichol Jr. (UNC): Citizens United and the Roberts Court’s War on Democracy. Campaign finance after Citizens United: Peter Francia on what the future may hold. Adam D. Chandler (Yale): Slow and Steady: David Souter’s Life in the Law. Burt Neuborne (NYU): The Gravitational Pull of Race on the Warren Court. Gerald J. Postema (UNC): Justice Holmes: A New Path for American Jurisprudence. From Democracy, a review of Justice Brennan: Liberal Champion by Seth Stern and Stephen Wermiel (and more); and a special section on Debating the Constitution: What’s the best way to fight conservative originalism? From TNR, disorder in the Court: Legal conservatism goes to war with itself; Jeffrey Rosen on how America would be different if Sandra Day O’Connor were still on the Supreme Court; and David Fontana on how Sonia Sotomayor became the public face of the Supreme Court’s liberal wing. The United States of Justice Kennedy: It’s Justice Anthony Kennedy’s country — the rest of us just live in it. The Burkean Justice: Samuel Alito’s understanding of community and tradition distinguishes him from his Supreme Court colleagues. A review of Richard Davis’s Justices and Journalists: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Media. Reading between the rights: Nearly 50 years after Griswold v. Connecticut, conservatives think the Constitution protects your privacy. Thomas J. Main on the Constitution and its critics: Taking another look at America’s fundamental document.