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Friday Links

  1. The secret life of the White House.
  2. What is Salesforce really selling?
  3. Twitch’s DMCA takedown threaten to drive musicians away.
  4. The case for a permanent stimulus.
  5. Where are the iconic COVID-19 images?
  6. Scandal-plagued McKinsey ousts leader.
  7. On Amazon’s next CEO.
  8. Why public school teachers quit.
  9. We must change the way we measure economic health.
  10. Nomadland: the impact of gender-bias in wages.
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Wednesday Links

  1. How restaurants survive the long pandemic winter.
  2. How screwed is the Trump Hotel D.C.?
  3. How to remember a disaster without being shattered by it.
  4. The ultimate symbols of America’s diminished soft power.
  5. Facebook just successfully bullied the sovereign nation of Australia.
  6. Reimagining U.S. strategy in the Middle East.
  7. Rethinking migration is a security perspective – not just how you might think.
  8. Myanmar’s protests: optimism and fear.
  9. Working with the Biden Administration: opportunities for the EU.
  10. Tax rate hikes and the economy.
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Tuesday Links

  1. The prices on your Monopoly board hold a dark secret.
  2. Why the pandemic is hitting some countries harder.
  3. Democrats are waltzing toward an avoidable political disaster.
  4. COVID-19 may be here to stay.
  5. Why a cross-strait crisis will be averted in 2021.
  6. The 150-year prosecution of white supremacy.
  7. End of Myanmar’s rocky road to democracy?
  8. When data closes doors.
  9. Lessons learned from a cyberattack.
  10. What George Shultz taught us about making policy.
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Russian Nuclear Strategy

The University of Oslo”s Dr. Kristin Ven Bruusgaard has a new article in the Journal of Strategic Studies:

Contemporary debates on Russian nuclear strategy focus on making sense of Russia’s nuclear capabilities, signalling and nuclear declarations. This paper argues that understanding how nuclear capabilities and strategy interact with conventional capabilities is fundamental to understanding nuclear strategy. It offers the Conventional Balance of Forces thesis for explaining change in Russia’s nuclear strategy after the Cold War. It shows how Russian nuclear debates and strategy decisions have been affected by perceived conventional vulnerabilities, and how the orthodox Western interpretation of Russian nuclear strategy today as one of ‘escalating to de-escalate’ comes short of explaining when Russia would go nuclear in conflict, and why.:

This looks to provide some interesting doctrinal background to understand Russia’s strategic culture, and the Russian doctrinal counterparts to the development of the first generation of strategic scholars in the United States (from approximately 1977 to 1989-90).

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ANZSOC Workshops

Register now for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology‘s upcoming two workshops: Organised Crime and Networks Workshop (15th July 2021) and the Cybercrime and Digital Criminology Workshop (16th July 2021).

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Monday Links

  1. David Lynch’s industrious pandemic.
  2. The moment Britain’s industry knew it was lost.
  3. Does it matter that Donald Trump may be a KGB asset?
  4. A trippy visualisation of the internet’s growth.
  5. Vaccinate the most active to protect the most vulnerable.
  6. The path forward.
  7. Texas Democrats and disaster relief.
  8. COVID and Paris as a city of fear.
  9. How Biden can succeed in infrastructure where Trump did not.
  10. Biden’s China policy keeps getting muddled.
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Friday Links

  1. An important new academic book on organised crime, law enforcement, and networks.
  2. Professor David Bright at Flinders University.
  3. Professor David Bright’s Google Scholar page.
  4. Rush Limbaugh’s rise and conservatism’s fall.
  5. The White House is definitely in different hands.
  6. Facebook is a global mafia.
  7. How to help people in Texas right now.
  8. How will democracy be defined after Myanmar’s military coup?
  9. A climate wolf at the door.
  10. Waking up to a new reality: where is Mexico heading?
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Thursday Links

  1. Texas in the midst of another avoidable catastrophe.
  2. Facebook bans news for Australian users.
  3. It’s all rigged.
  4. Rush Limbaugh made America worse.
  5. North Korean hackers indicted for years of heists.
  6. Joe Biden is a different kind of Catholic.
  7. How COVID-19 could limit travel for years beyond the crisis.
  8. Strengthening international cooperation on artificial intelligence.
  9. COVID-19 in North Korea.
  10. A change at the border.
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Wednesday Links

  1. A new Brookings Institution report on the middle class time squeeze.
  2. A new book on China, the United States, and Great Power leadership.
  3. History’s lessons for Trumpism.
  4. Who should stop unethical AI?
  5. If work is going remote, why is Big Tech still building?
  6. Can historians be traumatised by history?
  7. The threat of white supremacists.
  8. The Stan Lee story that tore apart Marvel Comics.
  9. Europe’s olive branch?
  10. How to avoid aggression or escalation in a crisis.
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Tuesday Links

  1. David Frum: Democracy is the only solution.
  2. The Capitol Riot killed “both sides” journalism.
  3. Full employment is (maybe) possible again.
  4. Biden calls for assault weapons ban.
  5. How authoritarian regimes could exploit deepfakes.
  6. Adam Curtis on Big Tech and Big Data.
  7. Richard D. Wolff on global capitalism.
  8. What the Marginal Revolution blog got right.
  9. Is America’s soul beyond redemption?
  10. Trump’s legal problems are just starting.