Today’s reads: Slam dunk diplomacy, Chinese political cliques

This post is part of a recurring feature, in which the WorldViews team shares some of what it’s reading today. It’s meant to highlight some of the best foreign affairs coverage from other media outlets, blogs, academic institutions and think tanks. It’s also meant to give you a sense of what might end up driving the foreign policy conversations for the day. We hope you enjoy it and check back tomorrow.

On the surprisingly long relationship between North Korean leaders and American basketball stars.
As speculation over the next pope continues to heat up, Gautam Mukunda ponders some of the problems with elderly leaders.
What Bangladesh's youth protests could mean for "Islam in the subcontinent."
A dizzying interactive on Chinese political cliques. We could spend a few hours clicking through this.
Caitlin Dewey runs The Intersect blog, writing about digital and Internet culture. Before joining the Post, she was an associate online editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.
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Caitlin Dewey · March 4, 2013