The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty, by Nina Munk, and Poor Economics: A radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty, by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo (reviewed by Steve Fuller); A Short Bright Flash: Augustin Fresnel and the Birth of the Modern Lighthouse, by Theresa Levitt (Jody A. Roberts); Regulating Code: Good Governance and Better Regulation in the Information Age, by Ian Brown and Christopher T. Marsden (Rex Hughes).
The Military of the Future
Universal Conscription as Technology Policy
In a world where battles are increasingly fought by robotic vehicles and computer malware, national security may not be well-served by a small, culturally homogeneous military. Is it time to bring back the draft?
The GMO-Suicide Myth
Opponents of using genetically modified cotton in India claim that the technology has resulted in the suicides of hundreds of thousands of farmers. They appear to be wrong, and the real reasons why Indian farmers take their own lives remain largely unaddressed.