Louis W. Pauly (Toronto): The Political Resonance of Nixon in China. Terry Conway interviews Au Loong Yu, author of China’s Rise: Strength and Fragility. From Asia Times, Brendan O’Reilly on how China's rise can be peaceful; Francesco Sisci on how the world won't wait for China to change. Gary Anderson reviews The Rise of China vs. the Logic of Strategy by Edward N. Luttwak (and more). Wildlife haven in the Korean DMZ under threat: Agricultural development is encroaching on the biodiversity of the demilitarised zone, destroying habitat and plant life. Kim's Empire: Advancing globalization makes its mark in North Korea. How powerful should Korea's chaebol be? Sangwon Yoon investigates. Turning Japanese: Is this the end of the South Korean miracle? What is required for a new society and politics: Iida Tetsunari on the potential of Japanese civil society. Japan’s Shinzo Abe has a plan to cure what ails rich economies. Samee Siddiqui on the rise and fall of Japan's Democratic Party. Chan Akya on the end of Japan as we know it. Mariko Oi on how Japan's ninjas heading for extinction. Brahma Chellaney on East Asia’s turning point.

Douglas L. Rogers (OSU): After Prometheus, Are Human Genes Patentable? Barnali Choudhury (Queen Mary): International Investment Law as a Global Public Good. Avner Offer (Oxford): Self-interest, Sympathy and the Invisible Hand: From Adam Smith to Market Liberalism. From The Nation, here is a Progressive Honor Roll of 2012. From The Awl, Maura Johnston on The Year in Internet Outrage. Edward Small on Australian aborigines and the health problems of Westernization. Genetic essentialism, culture, and the weirdest people in the world: An interview with Steven Heine on human universals. Is the use of recreational drugs just part of the human condition, and to that end is drug addiction actually part of our natural evolution as a species? From History Today, Hent Kalmo considers the roots of sovereignty and the changing basis determining the authority of a state to govern itself or another state at the expense of local or individual liberties; and the right to determine who enters its territory has always been seen as a test of a state’s sovereignty, but the physical boundaries have often been vague, says Matt Carr.

A new issue of Themelios is out. Geoffrey P. Miller (NYU): Taxation in the Bible. Tom Bartlett on the Bible: Morally bankrupt or totally reliable? Michael J. Healy on the dangers of reading the Bible as a kid. Writing and rewriting the Bible in the time of Jesus: Both Christians and Jews can learn from the reconstruction of the process by which unified scriptures emerged from diversity. The Book of Genesis: A Biography treats a classic religious text as if it were alive — Scott McLemee learns what it begat. What if Mary had known about abortion? Mark H. Creech wonders. Whores and saints, yes, but where the hell is Jesus Christ? "God knew we would have satellites": Frank Jacobs on a map of Jesus in Arabia. An interview with Shane Claiborne and Tony Campolo, authors of Red Letter Revolution: What If Jesus Really Meant What He Said? Brooke Alan Trisel on God's silence as an epistemological concern. For hundreds of years, Hell has been the most fearful place in the human imagination — it is also the most absurd. Brent Nongbri reviews The Rise of Christianity Through the Eyes of Gibbon, Harnack, and Rodney Stark by Jan N. Bremmer.

Cass Sunstein (Harvard): The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: Myths and Realities. Tarjei Havnes (Oslo) and Magne Mogstad (IZA): Is Universal Child Care Leveling the Playing Field? Raul Varman (IIT): The Neoclassical Apology for Monopoly Capital. Hugh Rockoff reviews The Great Recession: Market Failure or Policy Failure? by Robert L. Hetzel. Understanding economics in plain English: Thomas Hedges reviews Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn't Work), in Words and Pictures by Michael Goodwin. Research suggests overeating is now a bigger global problem than lack of food. Alert: you may be living in a simulated universe. Do we live in a computer simulation? Researchers say the idea can be tested (and more). Taming the Leviathan: A new approach to risk for the military leader. Erin Wyman on how death played a role in the evolution of human height. Tom Slee on Identity, Institutions, and Uprisings: Three related models of contentious politics in authoritarian states are presented, using the identity-driven rational choice framework of Akerlof & Kranton (2000) as a starting point.

Mike Strong and Peter Nicolas (Washington): The Geography of Love: Same-Sex Marriage and Relationship Recognition in America (The Story in Maps). Opponents of same-sex marriage went 0-for-4 in the election — but they have lots of excuses. How can the Supreme Court help gay rights? By keeping out entirely. Love on the march: Alex Ross on the gay community’s political progress and its future. Queer liberation means prison abolition: Victoria Law reviews Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock. Married gays, lesbian still viewed as “single” by military. Bad blood: Michael Harris on the politics of gay donation. What does science tell us about sexual preference? David P. Barash on the evolutionary mystery of homosexuality. A lot — basically all — gay people are normal and don’t deserve any special attention whatsoever. The golden age of gay TV: It's the best of times for gays on television, but not every supportive show carries the same cultural significance. It's so not gay: Abdel Khairoun on casual homophobia in the twittersphere. Nate Silver is named Out magazine’s Person of the Year. Mitchell Sunderland tries to understand the English gays at Oxford.