If you haven't already, go subscribe immediately to this blog. I've been dropping in on it now and again for a few months, and can't recommend it enough. The authors post pseudonymously as Diodotus, and Cleitus the Black, ccording to Elected Swineherd's self-description: "A political scientist, a conflict analyst and a soldier of misfortune
I remember once sitting in a cafe in a Sarajevo suburb (of sorts), chatting with a British Army officer about a brilliant piece of travel writing by a lunatic young Scotsman who'd got it into his head to walk across Afghanistan. Actually, he'd walked from Istanbul to Nepal, but what he wrote about and published in a wonderfully clear and austere narrative
More on ungoverned spaces toothpaste silliness: check out Barnett Rubin's sense of frustrated irony. Question: Do Taliban in Waziristan confiscate oversized toothpaste tubes from travelers crossing the Durand Line from parts west?
Geoff Manaugh has a fascinacting piece over at BLDGBLOG on the "Akwizgran Discrepancy", a sovereignty-seam at the confluence of Belgium, Holland, and Germany. Picking up on an article in the London Review of Books that was published way way back in 2001, he surveys its discussion of gaps in the international order:
Holy smokes. Opinio Juris upgraded its web platform over the weekend, and along with rolling out its new look today, has publicized a couple of additional features/programs. This sets a standard for blogging that we all should aspire to (though…