In the category of circular book reviews (I know, this is undergraduate short-cutting at its worst, but there’s more to the story), from Barnett R. Rubin, on Ahmed Rashid’s new book Descent into Chaos: The United States and the Failure of National Building in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Central Asia (Penguin, 2008).
Christian Bleuer, the formerly anonymous author of the Ghosts of Alexander blog, has self-outed. Bleuer writes "I have come to the realization that there is nothing controversial or confrontational about this blog. I therefore have no need to continue with my pseudo-anonymity." A PhD student in the research phase of his degree at The Australian National University’s Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies (The Middle East and Central Asia), he states his blog is "about conflict related issues in Afghanistan: politics, culture, society, reconstruction, civil-military relations and insurgency." Other qualifications:
SCOTUSBLOG’s Lyle Denniston offers the following update on developments in the Hamdan prosecution, where the parties now are focused on whether Boumediene compels the conclusion that detainees are entitled to constitutional rights beyond just the right to habeas itself. Captain Allred, the judge in Hamdan’s commission proceeding, has given the parties until July 2nd to brief the issue.
Nicole Suveges was killed in yesterday’s Sadr City bombing.
The CTLab’s Review is very much a bloggers’ blog, as opposed to the op-ed and think-type pieces in the Notebook blog, or the various other media formats with which we’re planning on experimenting. It’s built around contributors who are and remain accomplished bloggers in their own rights, the point of it all being that it extends the conceptual tether beyond what CTLab might ordinally attempt as a university-based research unit (which is necessarily broad to begin with). I haven’t written about or addressed the idea of the complex terrain network (CT-NET? TCTN?) before. But if one were to