Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Group is posting our favorite political risk articles of the week on¬†Foreign Policy, which I‚Äôd like to share here as well. ¬†As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections¬†@EurasiaGroup¬†or¬†@IanBremmer. This is being reprinted¬†from ForeignPolicy.com.
Banyan Asia blog,¬†The Economist
On Wednesday, Park Geun-hye was named president of South Korea by a small margin, making her the first woman to hold the post in the nation’s history.¬†How will her presidency differ from Lee Myung-bak’s? What are the implications for North-South relations?
Sanjaya Baru,¬†The Hindu
A much more momentous Asian election took place this past weekend, as Shinzo Abe and the LDP returned to power.¬†Many are focusing on the possible conflicts that the election could provoke between China and Japan, but this piece asks: Are Japan and India the “natural partners in Asia?”¬†In light of the conflict over the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands, it seems Japan is pursuing an ABC policy (Anybody But China).¬†Why not India?
Sami Yousafzai,¬†The Daily Beast
The eradication of polio has been tantalizingly within reach, as its presence has dwindled to just a handful of countries.¬†But wiping the disease out of Pakistan comes with substantial risks.¬†This piece focuses on the dangers to the anti-polio mission in the wake of Bin Laden’s death and the role that vaccinations played in gathering intelligence for the operation.
J.J. Gould,¬†The Atlantic
Another atrocity that hasn’t disappeared: human trafficking and forced labor.¬†These are new terms for what Gould still dubs ‘slavery.’ Even by conservative estimates, there are more people enslaved today than at any point in history.¬†This is an epidemic that needs global attention.
5.¬†“The Putin Show”
Brian Whitmore, Power Vertical Blog
If there were a foreign-policy edition of¬†People¬†magazine,¬†Putin would fill the pages. Why all the hype for his most recent press conference? Consider analysis of his performance as our guilty pleasure political risk story.
Joshua Foer,¬†The New Yorker
This piece is not political per se, but the treatment of language as an art — communicable and easily repurposed the world over — has global as well as philosophical implications.¬†Foer follows a man who spent 34 years inventing a language designed to more precisely mirror reality. The story of who ended up co-opting it — for political purposes no less — makes for a fascinating read.