Here is the best of what AEI’s foreign and defense policy scholars are reading this week:
Liz Sly at the Washington Post reports, Iranian-backed Militant Group in Iraq is Recasting Itself as a Political Player
Fred Kaplan at Slate Magazine considers The Art of Cyberwar
Ben Cohen at Commentary Magazine discusses The Strange Return of Hugo Chavez
Mark Valenica at CNN’s GPS blog on How to Prevent a China-Japan Clash
Robert Kagan and Michele Dunne at the Washington Post argue that the U.S. Needs to Show Egypt Some Tough Love
Kristina Mikulova at the Times of Israel unravels The Riddle of the Czech-Israeli Alliance
Deana Kjuka at the Atlantic on When Terrorists Take to Social Media
Steven Borowiec at the Christian Science Monitor asks, Why did North Korea Explode a Nuclear Device?
Barbara Slavin at Al-Monitor writes, Syria War Spurs US Military Aid to Lebanon
Elliott Abrams at CFR’s Pressure Points blog asks, Are Iran Sanctions Working?
Greg Scoblete at RealClearWorld’s Compass blog lists The 22 Ways al-Qaeda Dodges Drones
And finally, here is a clip surveying the aftermath of a car bomb, which exploded in Damascus on Thursday and claimed over 50 casualties: