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Volapuk

In the book “Spook Country”:http://www.amazon.com/Spook-Country-William-Gibson/dp/0399154302/ William Gibson paints a picture of Cuban-Chinese gangsters who do parkour and communicate through a manufactured language called “Volapuk”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volapuk_encoding. Gibson describes Volapuk through the character Milgrim on page 16: bq. When the Russians got themselves … Continue reading

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Maturing Japanese foriegn policy analysis

It is interesting how soon nuance enters the analysis of IR theorists. After the cold war many analysts had dire outlooks on Asia. Predictions of Japanese rearmament and war were abound with such book and article titles as _The Coming … Continue reading

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The watery frontier

Greed, pollution, piracy, terrorism, storms, flags of convenience. From the first day out of drydock to the day they are dismantled (or sink, or “left to die”:http://cominganarchy.com/2006/01/09/dying-oil-tankers/), the undervalued cargo ship plies dangerous waters. The oceans are untamed and likely … Continue reading

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More security sources

Not that we all don’t have enough to read, but I stumbled on a wealth of North East Asian security articles in English on the “Korean Institute for Defense Analyses website”:http://www.kida.re.kr/english2005/. They produce the quarterly _Korean Journal of Defense Analysis_ … Continue reading

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Sketch of the future

Well, that’s one less book on “the pile”:http://cominganarchy.com/2007/05/27/currently-reading-2. I finished John Robb’s Brave New War today. I really liked this book, it was fast-paced, concise, full of examples and most importantly rooted in realism. The book touches on all the … Continue reading

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Currently Reading

I usually have a bunch of half-read books lying around the house. One or two will be top priority and the rest are usually for light reading. Here is the “stack”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/younghusband/516010245/ I am going through now (note that this is … Continue reading

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