Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Groupâs weekly selection of essential reading for the political risk junkie â presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections @EurasiaGroupÂ or @IanBremmer.
By The Associated Press
With great trading comes great responsibility. For China, the bragging rights of being the worldâs #1 trader donât offset the perceived political obligations that come with it. What will this mean when China becomes the largest economy in the world overall?Â
By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC
The space market is skyrocketing. First, take the black market that arose in the wake of the meteor striking Russia last weekâeven space debris is subject to the corruption and supply/demand forces at play in Russia. This article outlines how Planetary Resources, Inc. aims to mine asteroids that travel close to Earth. Says the CEO, âa single 500-meter LL chondrite has more platinum on it than has been mined in the history of humanity.â
Of the 1,223 billionaires in 2012, 102 have signed the Gates-Buffett pledge to donate half of their total worth over the course of their lives. Finding emerging market billionaires whoâll contribute has proven a lot more challenging: one Indian (out of 48) and no Chinese (out of 95) have signed on thus far.
By Martin Breum and Jorgen Chemnitz, The New York Times
How has Greenlandâs relationship with Denmark opened the door to foreign investment? What role will China play in the countryâand by extension, the Arctic? Can Greenland, with a population of 57,000, handle the potential influx of 3,000 Chinese workers?
By Michael Moss, The New York Times Magazine
âToday, one in three adults is considered clinically obese, along with one in five kids.âÂ Read this piece for the scienceâand the politicsâbehind junk foodâs overwhelming success.
By Steven Brill, TIME
In the Obamacare debate, the main question has been, âWho pays?â Through meticulous research and reporting, this piece takes a step back and provides answers to a more fundamental concern: âWhy must anybody pay this much in the first place?â