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The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

Antiwar Eastwood. Asawin Suebsaeng reports [1] on Clint Eastwood’s antiwar views and how they relate to the reception of American Sniper.

Congress shouldn’t blow up negotiations with Iran. Daryl Kimball makes the case [2] against new sanctions legislation.

A sanity check on Iran from London. Paul Pillar applauds [3] David Cameron’s opposition to new Iran sanctions.

Prisoners of Oslo. George Hale describes [4] the current state of Palestinian affairs.

Sirisena’s surprise. Taylor Dibbert considers [5] the implications of Sri Lanka’s recent presidential election.

Surveying public opinion in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Gerard Toal and John O’Loughlin report [6] on their findings from late last year.

How China got its aircraft carrier. Zachary Keck describes [7] how China obtained the Varyag (now the Liaoning) from a Ukrainian shipbuilder.

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#1 Comment By collin On January 23, 2015 @ 6:24 pm

Nice call out on Clint Eastwood war views. What I found as complete nonsense with The Sniper is the movie focuses on the characters not geopolitical analysis. (Movies are awful at geopolitical analysis.) The movie focus on the sniper on how and why he fought the Iraq war. (And the comments against being sniper made no sense to me. I always loved Patton’s “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”)

#2 Comment By sglover On January 24, 2015 @ 3:50 pm

Squint’s trying to have it both ways. I have a very, very hard time seeing Eastwood as some kind of antiwar artist. This is the guy who tried to cast our glorious liberation of **Granada** as a sequel to “The Sands of Iwo Jima”.

Anyway, thanks for pointing to the account of China’s sly aircraft carrier purchase. I’m trying to think of analogous operations pulled off by other states. I know that at its founding Israel used various back-channel to get weapons, but I’m certain there must be other examples.