• Great piece about South Korea, a status quo power which gets more fired up over territorial disputes with China and Japan than over reunification, which is an 'unnerving abstraction'.
  • Charmingly told tale of a Pentagon practical joke.
  • Spain is about to cut its budget by what amounts to 5.5% of GDP over two years. Kevin Drum trembles.
  • Qatar, the unlikely leader of the Arab world.
  • Disarming Doubt: a major new multi-author volume from the Lowy Institute on extended nuclear deterrence in East Asia.
  • Also on nuclear deterrence, India is about to conduct the first test-firing of its first-ever ICBM.
  • China launched more rockets into orbit in 2011 than the US.
  • The Olympic movement has banned Afghanistan from the Games because the Taliban discriminated against women, and South Africa because the Apartheid regime discriminated against blacks. So why not ban Saudi Arabia?