1. Renewing US domestic sources of prosperity and wealth: a book review of Friedman and Mandelbaum’s “That Used to Be Us” which picks up many themes that we should be exploring here in the UK
2. Internal instability in Uganda from oil: a reminder of how volatile and conflict-ridden the great lakes region remains. And fears for how oil discoveries through the centre of the continent on land and across the Bight of Benin may exacerbate existing political and governance problems:
3. The future of global connectivity: Anne-Marie Slaughter on the technological developments that are realising the networked world she described earlier in her career.
4. Bracing for a new global economic crisis: Conclusions and scenarios from a conference convened by the South Centre (an excellent Think tank based in Geneva reflecting developing countries’ views).
5. Future leaders of democracies should not come away from their political science classes having gained the impression that democracies can safely get their way: good article by Stephen Walt on recent research on domestic audience costs and the importance of having a diversity of scientific methods in social science.