In light of the coup attempt in Turkey (still apparently underway at this writing), I want to note a fairly recent book on coup d'etats from a political science perspective - Naunihal Singh's Seizing Power: The Strategic Logic of Military Coups (Johns Hopkins Press 2014).
Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake discusses he BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — and the problems each country faces and why the expectation of seeing true change over the course of a few years is a pipe dream.
Athletes competing in the ancient Olympic games were venerated for their prowess and ability. Here, on these original Olympiad grounds of now toppled temples and former glory, visitors are reminded of the elevated role honor played within competition.
This summer Brazil will host Olympiad XXXI. It could become a vast real-world experiment to test whether, how and to what extent Zika virus infection will be spread globally after the expected half million attendees return to their home countries.