From The Believer, a symposium on the modern family. America is blaming pregnant women for their own deaths: What is it like to face dying during childbirth in the richest country in the world in the 21st century? Philip Cohen (Maryland): The Coming Divorce Decline. Finding decent child care is a huge struggle for some families, new report shows. Cynthia Grant Bowman (Cornell): How Should the Law Treat Couples Who Live Apart Together? Your child, your choice: How the United States made parenting impossible. Antony Dnes (Florida Southern): Economics and Family Law. How you think about raising children says a lot about your political views.

Robin Fretwell Wilson (Illinois) and Shaakirrah Sanders (Idaho): By Faith Alone: When Religion and Child Welfare Collide. Can people be saved from a terrible childhood? US researchers have found early intervention can help prevent negative experiences in infancy turning into long-term health risks. Why bother to bear children in a world wracked by climate change?


Domenica Bruni, Pietro Perconti and Alessio Plebe (Messina): Anti-anthropomorphism and Its Limits. From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects. What does it mean to “speak as a woman”? The single fatal flaw in the legal argument against indicting a sitting president. Has Haiti lost nearly all of its forest? It’s complicated. How US billionaires are fuelling the hard-right cause in Britain. Sebastian Mallaby on the bright side of Britain’s Brexit chaos. Is Sherrod Brown running in the 2020 presidential elections? The introduction to Dark Commerce: How a New Illicit Economy is Threatening Our Future by Louise I. Shelley.


Dan Slater (Michigan) and Aries A. Arugay (Philippines): Polarizing Figures: Executive Power and Institutional Conflict in Asian Democracies. Josselin Canevet reviews Khaki Capital: The Political Economy of the Military of Southeast Asia, ed. Paul Chambers and Napisa Waitoolkiat. Franky K.H. Choi (CUHK): How to Establish a Good Government? Lessons from Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore and Deng Xiaoping in China. Ward Berenschot (KITLV): The Political Economy of Clientelism: A Comparative Study of Indonesia’s Patronage Democracy. Three charts that explain boom in Southeast Asia’s net economy.

Thomas Talhelm (Chicago): Hong Kong Liberals are Weird: Analytic Thought Increases Support for Liberal Policies. How Aung San Suu Kyi lost her way: The former champion of democracy and human rights now tours the globe excusing the government’s record of atrocity. Southeast Asia’s populism is different but also dangerous. China has always wielded significant influence in Southeast Asia; lately, though, as the West turns its attention elsewhere, Beijing has been seeking to solidify its economic and political clout in the region.

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