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.
âHow Israel beat the droughtâ âÂ David Horowitz, The Times of Israel
Israelâs quantity of natural water per capita is the lowest in its entire region. But it seems Israelâs water shortage crisis may be a thing of the past. Why? More than 80 percent of Israelâs purified sewage is reused for agriculture. The next best in the OECD? Spain, at 18 percent.
âGermany relaxes immigration rules to attract skilled labourâ -Â Stephen Brown and Holger Hansen, Reuters
Yes, Spainâs unemployment rate is over 26%. But elsewhere in the Eurozone, itâs a different story. Germany’s unemployment rate is at its lowest since reunification in 1990âand Berlin is actively recruiting certain skilled labor.Â
âSend in the clownsâ âÂ The Economist
In Italian elections this week, voters set a post-war recordâŚ for lowest turnout.
âPutinâs Ph.D: Can a Plagiarism Probe Upend Russian Politics?â âÂ Simon Shuster, TIME
In a recent study, a group of academics analyzed a random sampling of 25 dissertations from the history department of Moscow Pedagogical State University. They found that all but one had been âat least 50 percent plagiarized.â So how high up the ranks does plagiarism go? Perhaps more to the point, how high up the ranks will Medvedevâs campaign to weed out plagiarism be permitted to go?Â
âCybersecurity and Chinaâ âÂ Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Brookings
This piece takes a realistic approach to highlighting potential common ground on cybersecurity between the United States and China.
âThe New Westphalian Webâ âÂ Katherine Maher, Foreign Policy
Have you ever thought of the internet as unclaimed territory, awaiting a basic framework for division of sovereignty?Â Youâre not the only oneâa lot of nations have, too.