Sumantra Maitra (Otago): Understanding Putin's Foreign and Economic Policy Correlation. From The Monkey Cage, Steven Ward on how Putin’s desire to restore Russia to great power status matters; R. William Ayres and Stephen Saideman on why the Crimea crisis is not about a Greater Russia project; is Crimean independence or annexation a good outcome for Russia? No, argue Helena Yakovlev-Golani and Nadiya Kravets — in the long term, Russia would be better off with Crimea remaining a part of Ukraine; is greater decentralization a solution for Ukraine? Timothy Frye on the Mylovanov Initiative; and do Crimeans actually want to join Russia? Grigore Pop-Eleches and Graeme Robertson investigate. Kiley Kroh and Igor Volsky on how a fight over natural resources is quietly driving the world’s response to Ukraine. Ukraine oligarchs grab key posts in bid for unity. Leon Neyfakh on Putin’s long game: Meet the Eurasian Union. Ukraine is not Russia, but Crimea may not be Ukraine, either. Michael D. Kennedy on solidarity with Ukraine against Putin’s reality. Timothy Snyder on Crimea: Putin vs. Reality. Stefan Soesanto on how Russia might actually have international law on its side and the successful legal defense of NATO’s actions in Yugoslavia in 1999 might serve as precedent to justify Russia’s military incursion into the Ukraine. We’re just not that special: Andrew Bacevich on what the crisis with Russia reveals about the USA’s age-old self-obsession. Adam Gopnik on Crimea and the hysteria of history. Here's everything you need to know about the U.S.'s potential economic sanctions against Russia. Jakub Grygiel on how Putin believes that the West is decadent, weak and divided — the West needs to prove him wrong.

Tetsuya Saito (Nihon): Bitcoin: A Search-Theoretic Approach. M. Blake Wilson (Binghamton): The Biopolitics of Revenge in a Nietzschean Theory of Justice. Harvey Gilmore (Monroe): New York's Taxable Lap Dancing at a Strip Club Near You. Karolina Libront (Warsaw): Evolution of NATO’s Identity in the 21st Century. The first chapter from NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone by David P. Auerswald and Stephen M. Saideman. Can't work, must chat: Ben Crair on how instant message and the open office made everyone's job impossible. The introduction to The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of Social Mobility by Gregory Clark. Anastasia Corell on Tibet's tense new reality: Checkpoints with fire extinguishers, pincer-wielding police officers, and spies disguised as monks — welcome to daily life in Lhasa. What would it mean to actually free Tibet? Leah Shellberg wants to know. A look at the genetic origins of high-altitude adaptations in Tibetans. Maggie Lange on alerting the world to “normcore”. In defence of Julian Assange: Assange publisher Colin Robinson writes about his experience of working with the much-criticised WikiLeaks founder. Artist colonies are mysterious places: Available only to a select few, supposedly teeming with alcohol, affairs, and creative hoodoo, but the rumors aren’t true — they just lack detail. How Hobby Lobby supporters talk about “religious liberty”: Katie McDonough 5 outrageous quotes that show it’s all about sex.

From the Journal of Economic Perspectives, a symposium on US manufacturing. Stephen Mennell (UCD): America: A Social and Economic Model to Be Rejected? A new populism: Michael Tomasky reviews Social Democratic America by Lane Kenworthy. From The Washington Monthly, want fast-food workers to get a raise? Let local restaurant owners form a union to fight their corporate masters; and Ryan Cooper on free money for everyone: A wacky-sounding idea with surprisingly conservative roots may be our best hope for escaping endless, grinding economic stagnation. Paul Krugman on the stimulus tragedy. Mike Konczal on how the Silicon Valley labor scandals prove minimum wage hikes don't cost jobs. Closing the gap: America’s labour market has suffered permanent harm. Zachary Karabell on the zombie numbers that rule the U.S. economy: Figures like gross domestic product were appropriate for their own time — but today, they paint a consistently misleading portrait of America. We need a new conversation about inequality: Democrats are scared of class — but issues like inequality are why liberals exist, and talk can't be left to elites. The wolves of the web: Booming technology firms are now at the centre of worries about inequality. Want to end recessions, reduce inequality, prevent fraud and help immigrants? It's time to install postal banking. No, really, you didn’t build that: David Sirota on how the rich became dependent on government subsidies. When we talk about combating America's crisis of inequality, we talk about raising the minimum wage, curbing CEO pay, supporting organized labor, and other progressive ideas; let's not allow the simplest fix of all to get lost, though: raising taxes.