Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Group’s weekly selection of essential reading for the political-risk junkie — presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.
“The Tragedy of Argentina: A Century of Decline” — the Economist
Last month, the Argentine peso saw its value depreciate by more than 20 percent. But 100 years ago, after 43 years of consecutive GDP growth of 6 percent annually, Argentina was considered a leading land of opportunity. What changed after World War One? Where is the country headed now?
“Al-Qaeda Rebels in Syria Tell Christians to Pay up or Die” — Aryn Baker, Time
ISIS, an extremist Islamist group that even mainstream al Qaeda has disassociated from, is in control of Raqqa, a northern Syrian city. They have left Christians in their jurisdiction with a painful choice: pay up, convert, or face death. The payment scheme, which is scaled based on income level and the value of gold, is part of ISIS’s attempt to create an Islamic kingdom with laws that date back to the time of Mohammad.
“Has the Venezuelan Government Helped or Hurt the Country’s Poor?” — Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post Wonkblog