From World Affairs, America in decline? Robert Lieber on why it’s a matter of choices, not fate (and John Coffey reviews Power and Willpower in the American Future: Why the United States Is Not Destined to Decline). Stefano Casertano on how America has lost its hegemonic status — if Barack Obama wants to navigate through four more years of foreign policy, he must correct America's view of the world. Maria Kuecken reviews The Reckoning: Debt, Democracy and the Future of American Power by Michael Moran. What can American diplomacy accomplish in the fragile nations that need it most? The last American diplomat: Rennie A. Silva on John D. Negroponte and the changing face of US diplomacy. James L. Abrahamson reviews Death by a Thousand Cuts: Islam, Fiscal Irresponsibility, and Other Threats to Destroy America by Richard Hobbs. America, a prophecy: Kirill Medvedev on fragments of a dead empire — translated by Keith Gessen. Daniel Larison reviews The Short American Century: A Post-Mortem. From Der Spiegel, notes on the decline of a great nation. American interest, American blood: Robert Merry on how the price America pays in blood for its overseas initiatives rarely gets mentioned in political debates surrounding such policies, but it deserves more attention.

Louis N. Schulze Jr. (New England Law): Of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, and Legal Expressivism: Why Massachusetts Should Stand Its Ground on “Stand Your Ground”. Dave Bewley Taylor (IDPC) and Martin Jelsma (Transnational Institute): The UN Drug Control Conventions: The Limits of Latitude. "The idea that you could openly sell things that help women achieve orgasm is pretty new": An interview with Phil Harvey, author of Show Time and head of the Adam and Eve catalog. Molly O’Brien reviews Inside Coca-Cola: A CEO's Life Story of Building the World's Most Popular Brand by Neville Isdell and David Beasley. Princeton philosophy professor Kwame Anthony Appiah tells us about the meaning of honour, how it's won and lost, and what role it's had in the history of moral change (and more at Bookforum). Kevin Smokler spent the past year rereading books he was assigned in high school English, a project that had two consequences. Lindsay Lowe reviews More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself by Nick Hornby.

A new issue of Academe is out, including Thomas P. Miller on the academy as a public works project; and Marc Bousquet on how we are all Roman porn stars now: Are we fighting the good fight through our service or just creating a spectacle of superexploitation? The university as welfare state: Paula Marantz Cohen on why you should want kooks teaching your kids. Beyond Orientalism? Rommel A. Curaming on another look at Orientalism in Indonesian and Philippine Studies. Do you need a university job to call yourself an academic? Wanda Wyporska describes research after academia. Caroline Walker Bynum on gender, generations, and faculty conflict: Will academe's mothers and daughters repeat the errors of its fathers and sons? Rodolfo Acuna on the vindication of Mexican-American Studies. Gram Slattery on the war on the humanities: If you plan to major in philosophy, the American government will stop at nothing to prevent you. Open access: Alexander Brown on why academic publishers still add value. Beyond JSTOR: Todd Cronan on as digital publisher. From, a look at how Wikipedia helps you to study college subjects; and Laura Larimer and Abshier House on ten things you should do the night before a test.

A new issue of Resurgence is out. Daniel Sebastian Wigmore-Shepherd (Durham): Ethnic Identity, Political Identity and Ethnic Conflict: Simulating the Effect of Congruence Between the Two Identities on Ethnic Violence and Conflict. A. Yusuf Yuksek (Bogazici): A Study on Coffeehouses in the Late Ottoman Empire. From New York, combine equal parts Oprah and Martha: The new domestic ideal owes more than a little to the fading moguls; and in buying the venerable, century-old New Republic, Chris Hughes is out to prove that a 29-year-old worth $600 million is just the man to make the “life of the mind” scalable. Not guilty: Grace O’Connell on why we should never feel bad about what we read. A look at how the tax burden for most Americans is lower than in the 1980s. Analogies to Nazi Germany come cheap — but not insights into a movement that's still waiting for its chance; Scott McLemee looks at Fascism, a new journal. Gabriel Santos-Neves interviews Mark Kingwell, author of Unruly Voices: Essays On Democracy, Civility and the Human Imagination. Efforts to close the notorious “Poo Pond” at Kandahar Airfield have hit a snag, and that means the soonest it will be shut down is mid-2013.

A new issue of the Journal for Critical Animal Studies is out. From New Formations, a special issue on the Animals Turn: Ethics, consciousness, systems, signs. Antonio M. Haynes (Cornell): “Dog on Man”: Are Bestiality Laws Justifiable? From Transhumanity, P. Tittle on the humanist view of animal rights. What do animals want? An interview with Marian Stamp Dawkins, author of Why Animals Matter. When does an animal count as a person? From THE, Christopher Belshaw reviews Animal Suffering: Philosophy and Culture by Elisa Aaltola; and Erika Cudworth reviews The Last Walk: Reflections on Our Pets at the End of Their Lives by Jessica Pierce. The kindness of beasts: Dogs rescue their friends and elephants care for injured kin — humans have no monopoly on moral behaviour. Chris Grezo on how animal abuse leads to human abuse. How should we treat non-human animals? Gary Francione argues that we need to abolish all use of animals. Tzachi Zamir reviews Without Offending Humans: A Critique of Animal Rights by Elisabeth De Fontenay. Germany plans to slap a fine of up to 25,000 euros on people having sexual relations with pets, but zoophiles plan to fight the move.