Peter Harris (Colorado State): The Self-Destruction of Pax Americana (“If the relative power of the United States is now dwindling, it is because the US has been successful at piloting the liberal order toward its ultimate telos”). Think the world is on fire? Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, says things are better than ever. The first chapter from The Unquiet Frontier: Rising Rivals, Vulnerable Allies, and the Crisis of American Power by Jakub J. Grygiel and A. Wess Mitchell. Do American alliances provide stability at acceptable cost and risk to the United States, or do they ensnare the U.S. in wars it need not fight? (and more) From The American Interest, Adam Garfinkle on the nadir of modernity and the disorientation of U.S. foreign policy (in 4 parts). Is a rational American foreign policy even possible? Adam Segal on how the Internet is undermining America’s power.

From LRB, Thomas Meaney reviews American Foreign Policy and Its Thinkers by Perry Anderson; A Sense of Power: The Roots of America’s Global Role by John A. Thompson; and A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s by Daniel J. Sargent. Rachel Cain on how Hissene Habre’s trial reveals an ugly side of U.S. foreign policy history. Why America is terrible at making the world a better place: Carlos Lozada reviews Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era by Michael Mandelbaum. A case against America: Kenneth Roth reviews Who Rules the World? by Noam Chomsky. Why is America’s foreign policy still punching above its weight? The United States has a reputation for driving the course of world affairs — but it doesn’t necessarily deserve it.

From Foreign Affairs, building on success: Joe Biden on opportunities for the next administration. The Biden Doctrine: Has the vice president made a lasting contribution in foreign policy? Peter Navarro on the Trump Doctrine: Peace through strength. Daniel Drezner on the unique horror of Donald Trump’s foreign policy. Clinton and Trump, visions of America abroad: When it comes to foreign policy, the choice is simple. How Hillary Clinton became a hawk: Throughout her career she has displayed instincts on foreign policy that are more aggressive than those of President Obama — and most Democrats. The Bernie and Trump Effects: Richard Fontaine and Robert D. Kaplan on how populism will change foreign policy. Eli Lake on the anti-democratic temptation of the foreign-policy experts. The neocons have gone from GOP thought-leaders to outcasts.

Luke Norris (Columbia): Constitutional Economics: Lochner, Labor, and the Battle for Liberty. Joel I. Colon-Rios (Victoria): Rousseau, Theorist of Constituent Power. Chris Bertram recommends the best books on Rousseau. Giants of the cosmetics industry are facing off against smaller players over a proposal to give the F.D.A. more authority to ensure the safety of beauty products. Michael Kimmelman on the craving for public squares: “The perfect square, it turns out, is also a state of mind”. Having it all kinda sucks: Only women would sign up for this much crap. John Herrman goes inside Facebook’s (totally insane, unintentionally gigantic, hyperpartisan) political-media machine: How a strange new class of media outlet has arisen to take over our news feeds. Ashley Feinberg: “My year in Gawker hate mail”. Andrew S. Gold reviews Private Wrongs by Arthur Ripstein.

From Aeon, must science be testable? String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy — and not just the amateur version. The scientific inquisition: Tuomas E. Tahko finds a place where metaphysics and science meet. The seven edges of knowledge: Jonathan Ree reviews What We Cannot Know by Marcus du Sautoy (and more). A different kind of logic: Philip Ball on the science of the inconceivable. No, science is not faith-based. Are there barbarians at the gates of science? Robbert Dijkgraaf on how the increasingly complex border between science and society is changing both. Atul Gawande on the mistrust of science. Who will debunk the debunkers? Sometimes, the harder that we try to be clear-headed, the deeper we are drawn into the fog. What if we’re wrong? History suggests everything will be disproved.

Michael Ryan (Temple): How Science Explains Politics. Pilar Lopez-Cantero (Manchester): The Break-up Check: Testing Theories of Love in Relationship Terminations. Colombia, FARC rebels reach deal to end half-century war. France has a strange concept of feminism — and secularism: Local bans on “burkinis” aren’t only wrong — they’re counterproductive. The one per cent are coming to Canada’s Arctic: Chris Sorensen on how a luxury cruise ship will test the limits of remote Arctic communities — and Canadian sovereignty. Carlos Lozada on a literary guide to hating Barack Obama: Inside the right-wing anti-Obama books, from 2008 to 2016. Breitbart, explained: The conservative media giant that wants Trump to burn down the GOP. Business improvement districts ruin neighborhoods: To pave paradise and put up a retail parking lot, try founding one.

Caitlin MacNeal on 5 points on Trump’s indictment of Clinton as a lying, scheming criminal. Trump attacks Hillary’s “criminal” foundation, forgets he donated $110,000 to it. The Clinton Foundation is not a scandal — it’s a phenomenal, life-saving success. What we know about the charitable giving by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Ladies and gentlemen, your objective and balanced press corps at work. Hillary Clinton’s relationship with the press is broken — and it can’t be fixed.

From ThinkProgress, Tara Culp-Ressler on how Trump adopted Jeb Bush’s immigration policy after mocking it for months. Extremists begin to howl over Trump’s erratic lurching on immigration. Sally Kohn reviews Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Appeals Have Reinvented Racism and Wrecked the Middle Class by Ian Haney Lopez. Economic anxiety isn’t driving racial resentment — racial resentment is driving economic anxiety. It’s racism, stupid: Sanford Schram on the populist challenge going forward. Lisa Wade on signaling white supremacy and provoking racist backlash. Adam Lee on the white supremacist roots of evangelicalism. Daniel Little on liberalism and hate-based extremism. Jennifer Berry Hawes on exposing the invisible empire. The alt-Right has its own comedy TV show on a Time Warner network.

From Media Matters, what is the “alt-Right”? A guide to the white nationalist movement now leading conservative media. “A sense that white identity is under attack”: Jason Wilson on making sense of the alt-Right. Ramesh Ponnuru on how the “alt-Right” makes dubious claims on conservatism. Ari Feldman on human biodiversity and the pseudoscientific racism of the alt-Right. Eric Levitz on how Donald Trump’s great white hope is fading fast. Clinton shreds Trump for embracing racist, white nationalist alt-Right (and more). Hillary Clinton’s alt-Right dilemma: Trump’s Nazi fans deserve condemnation — but is Clinton just feeding the trolls? Denouncing Trump’s bigotry, Hillary Clinton flatters mainstream Republicans in order to demoralize them (and more).

Is Hillary Clinton hurting her party’s chances in Congress by playing it too safe? Clinton’s alt-Right attack on Trump is a calculated risk. Why Democrats keep winning presidential elections: If Hillary Clinton beats Donald Trump, her party will have set a record in American politics. Hillary Clinton can’t win a mandate, and that’s okay. Emily Crockett on why some feminists are conflicted about Hillary Clinton’s historic candidacy. Michael Quirk on Noam Chomsky, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the ethics of voting. Vote for the lying neoliberal warmonger, it’s important: Adolph Reed on an explanation for why defeating Donald Trump — despite what we know about Hillary Clinton — should be the Left’s primary national electoral objective this November.