1. Egyptian tanks moving out of the Sinai. Islamists with possible links to al Qaeda have been active in the Sinai since Mubarak's fall, but the 1979 peace treaty with Israel places restrictions on what kind of military presence Egypt can have there, so the Egyptian government's move to combat those groups has raised alarms in Israel. This is an issue worth watching closely.
2. Indian government to allow a judicial commission from Pakistan to cross-examine witnesses related to 26/11 attacks. Yet another sign of bilateral relations improving between the longtime rivals.
3. Game Theory 101. I haven't yet watched the videos or read the e-book, but this looks very promising. Those of you who've asked me about resources for learning game theory should take a close look.
4. Regime Type and Target Selection. The notion that democracies are more selective seems born out if we look at all levels of conflict, but not if we focus specifically on war. I'm not sure what to make of that difference, but since the argument has always been about war, the absence of evidence when focusing specifically on war is big.
5. Evolution of Cooperation and Skew Under Incomplete Information. I haven't read this yet, but it looks interesting. I suspect some readers of this blog (paging Matt) will have some thoughts.
6. Who Wins?: Predicting Strategic Success and Failure in Armed Conflict. I just ordered my copy. You should do the same.
7. So you want to study political violence? Excellent advice from Joe Young over at Political Violence @ a Glance.
8. PhD comics on summer "to-do" lists. Too true.
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