Monday Links

  • “Negotiated settlements have, in fact, proved weak in terms of promoting mutual disarmament, military integration, and political power sharing” – excellent overview of the arguments for and against a brokered peace deal in Syria, from Foreign Affairs
  • Is Israel’s political class more corrupt than others, or it is simply being investigated more effectively? Another excellent Foreign Affairs piece investigates the issue
  • Lessons on disease eradication (worldwide) and elimination (geographic area-specific) from past efforts, from the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • “Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.” From a profile of George Saunders, author of a new book, Tenth of Decemberthat I just pre-ordered for my Kindle. I also just realized he is the author of one of my favorite New Yorker fiction pieces that I read this year, “Escape from Spiderhead”

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