A new video visualizes deaths by location in Syria over the course of the conflict (via Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations).
Mitchell Lerner argues that China cannot be the sole solution to North Korean intransigence.
How driving a bus in Guatemala City became one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
President Obama has appointed Susan Rice as his new national security advisor, and Samantha Power, author of A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, is to replace her as UN Ambassador. Amy Davidson asks if experience has tempered both’s perceived advocacy of liberal interventionism. Peter Beinart views the choices as Obama freeing himself from GOP foreign policy preferences — “what Obama’s saying is that the Democratic Party has finally freed itself from the long shadow of Vietnam” — while Daniel Larison disagrees.
On Turkey’s ongoing street protests, which have now turned fatal:
Suparna Chaudhry questions whether the protests will change Turkish politics.
Steven A. Cook and Michael Koplow ask how democratic Erdogan’s Turkey really is, as does Jay Ulfelder: “We see a regime in which (paraphrasing Tilly) state agents increasingly use their power to punish their perceived enemies and reward their friends.”
Justin Vela asks a teenage demonstrator why he’s protesting: “Because I hate the government.”