• Powerful piece from Dan Drezner on Fareed Zakaria and the celebritisation of the American academy.
  • Denmark's central bank goes there: negative interest rates.
  • ANU's Crawford School has launched a new journal, Asia & The Pacific Policy Studies, and is calling for papers.
  • An interview with former US National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski on America, the world and everything.
  • Long LRB piece about the English Premier League is a study in attitudes to capitalism: 'The German game, sponsored by corporations but owned and watched by working-class supporters, is run with precisely the coherence that the English FA was seeking when it first deregulated the game.'
  • Syrian TV host defects: 'I often sat crying in my car. The thought of having to read Bashar's messages every day almost broke my heart'.
  • Al Jazeera reports on a side of American life we're familiar with from 'The Wire' (h/t Friedersdorf):