Political risk must-reads

By Ian Bremmer
January 18, 2013

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 @EurasiaGroup or @IanBremmer.

Must-reads:

Beijing is choking (and can’t hide it anymore)

Avinash Godbole, Institute for Defense Studies and Analyses

The pollution in China’s capital is off the charts; it’s an issue that unites China’s wealthy and poor against the government. What can Beijing do about it? 

Gaffe-prone Merkel rival drags down centre-left as vote looms

Erik Kirschbaum, Reuters

Angela Merkel has done an outstanding job juggling the demands of her constituents and the crisis-riddled eurozone at large. It’s no wonder her approval ratings are sky-high and her reelection prospects are bright.  Opposition candidate Peer Steinbrueck? Not so much. His amusing gaffes make headaches for his party – and life easier for Merkel.  

The Next Quagmire?

Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker

The situation in Mali is deteriorating; the French intervention encountered much more capable opposition than expected. The potential for spill over of violence and refugees is growing.

Pakistani Preacher Ends Protest in Government Deal
Declan Walsh and Salman Masood, New York Times

An outspoken cleric makes his demands for government dissolution from a bulletproof encasing in the center of Islamabad. Pakistan’s Chief Justice calls for the Prime Minister’s arrest on corruption charges. As the dust begins to settle, where does Pakistan stand?

Borderlines: photography special

Simon Kuper, FT Magazine

A wonderful piece on the erosion of man-made borders over time. The focus is on Europe, but we get an around the world tour of current boundaries. The photographs are an enjoyable complement.

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