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 @EurasiaGroup or @IanBremmer.
Craig Whitlock, Washington Post
Hindsight is 20-20. In light of recent events in Mali and Algeria, this is an interesting look back on a decade of U.S. counterterrorism in Africa.
Lars-Olva Beier, Spiegel Online
With China slated to replace North America as the world’s #1 film market by 2020, navigating the Chinese market is increasingly difficult – and necessary.
Jonathan V. Last, Los Angeles Times
There are 38 million people living in America who were born somewhere else. How do global fertility rates shape U.S. immigration—regardless of policy?
Ramy Inocencio, CNN
Posting a video of New York in flames? Not cool, North Korea. Using Michael Jackson’s ‘We Are the World’ as the background music? For shame. Lifting parts of the video from the latest Call of Duty video game? That’s where YouTube draws the line.
To understand Kim Jong Un, it’s important to put him in historical context. In the post-war era, North and South Korea’s economies were roughly on par. Today, output per capita in South Korea is over 17 times that of the North.
Bill Simmons, Grantland
While it’s not political per se, reporting on doping requires a great deal of diplomacy—especially if you want to make the case that ‘innocent until proven guilty’ does not always apply. This is one of the boldest, most honest pieces of sports journalism you’ll ever read.