Quite a different Top 5 this week. One year ago our “adventure” in the blogsphere started. In the last 12 months Venus in Arms tried to provide a contribution to the current debate on defense and security, from an Italian and European perspective. It has been a hard work, but we are really satisfied about the results. And we are eager to improve our work every day. So, this week we present the best posts (according to our opinion..) published by Venus in Arms in the last year (March 2014 – March 2015). We deeply thank ALL the people who supported us with brilliant guest posts.
- “Why Mafias Kill. Exploring homicides in Southern Italy” (October 2014). The post illustrates a paper that aims at understanding why and how Italian organized criminal groups (and the “mafia” sub-species) use violence. The paper looks at mafia homicides perpetrated in Southern Italy – where mafias are traditionally deep-rooted – in the period 1983 – 2008.
- “Of legends and snipers. Clint Eastwood’s war movies for Social Scientists” (February 2015 guest post by Marco Di Giulio). The post recalls the main landmarks of Clint Eastwood’s recherche in the field of US military, offering a sort of retrospective for social scientists.
- “The War That Wasn’t There? Italy’s ‘Peace Mission’ in Afghanistan, Strategic Narratives and Public Opinion” (April 2014). The post presents a paper that investigates the features and evolution of the main strategic narratives adopted by political leaders to interpret the Italian military involvement in Afghanistan between 2011 and 2011. ViA has often focused on narratives and counter-narrattives. Here another example (in Italian) on the controversial case of the F-35.
- “Big data: An epistemological revolution?” (April 2014, guest post by Davide Barbieri). the post provides a detailed overview on a very hot issue (especially in defense and intelligence): big data. From Popper to Turing, we have illustrated the links between epistemology and new technologies.
- “I nodi della Difesa italiana” (in Italian, September 2014). The main focus of ViA has been the current debate on the Italian military transformation (we will publish a book on that). Several posts have analyzed the Italian defense, from different perspective, from the new White Book to budget and procurement. This post examines the main problems the Italian Defense is still facing.