- By Rebecca Frankel
Rebecca Frankel is senior editor, special projects at Foreign Policy. She is the author of War Dogs (forthcoming in the fall of 2014 from Palgrave), a book about canines in combat, the subject of her regular Friday column "Rebecca's War Dog of the Week," featured on The Best Defense. Before joining FP in 2008, she was managing editor of Moment Magazine, a publication founded by Elie Wiesel in 1975, where she began working in 2003. In addition to her work on war dogs, Frankel has written on a wide range of topics from the religious escapades of singer Bob Dylan to Hitler's family doctor. Her profile of author Joyce Carol Oates was published in the collection Joyce Carol Oates: Conversations in 2006. She has appeared as a commentator on ABC World News and MSNBC among others. In 2011, she was named one of 12 women in foreign policy to follow on Twitter by the Daily Muse.
Making Sense of Darfur, a blog by the Social Science Research Council. Given the ICC’s pending indictment of the Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir, this blog has offered a wealth of information and debate about a number of issues, from regional politics to land issues to debating the idea of genocidal intent.
“Escape from North Korea,” by Tom O’Neill in National Geographic. Follow three North Korean defectors as they take the nail-biting journey on the “Asian underground railroad” through China, Laos, and Thailand to South Korea. But their troubles aren’t over once they reach Seoul, for establishing a new life in a new country presents its own challenges.
I am a hardcore addict of the Wall Street Journal‘s Real Time Economics blog, and all the more so since Washington became stimulus central. This morning I appreciated hearing the news that the Federal Reserve extended international swap lines, as well as the news that a Capitol Hill economist doesn’t think the stimulus package will be enough. Other highlights include their excellent daily summaries of the best economics commentary (including the global implications of recession).
“The DNA of Politics.” In this issue of City Journal, James Q. Wilson examines the old conundrum of individuality — nature vs. nurture. But what about our ideological leanings, do we actually inherit a political gene? “For a century or more, we have understood that intelligence is largely inherited,” says Wilson. “Almost everything has some genetic basis. And that includes politics.”
FATA — A Most Dangerous Place. Pakistan expert Shuja Nawaz argues that defeating al Qaeda and the Taliban doesn’t have to be complicated and doesn’t necessarily require a huge, overly bureaucratic master plan. Sometimes, simply asking villagers “What do you want?” and then making it happen — be it a well, a school, or new books — can work wonders.
Letter from China: “The Promised Land” in the New Yorker. China’s expanding commerical activity in Africa is a well-told story, but the expanding African presence in China is less well-known. Evan Osnos has a fascinating depiction of Guangzhou’s growing Nigerian community.
The Economist offers a briefing on the recent trend of “financial nationalization.” The magazine pays particular attention to the disconnect between the short-term reflex of investors to bring their money home and the more dangerous long-term reduction in international capital flows that may well be brought on by misguided regulation.
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