Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Group‚Äôs weekly selection of essential reading for the political risk junkie ‚Äď presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections @EurasiaGroup¬†or @IanBremmer.
‚ÄúHow Israel beat the drought‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†David Horowitz, The Times of Israel
Israel‚Äôs quantity of natural water per capita is the lowest in its entire region. But it seems Israel‚Äôs water shortage crisis may be a thing of the past. Why? More than 80 percent of Israel‚Äôs purified sewage is reused for agriculture. The next best in the OECD? Spain, at 18 percent.
‚ÄúGermany relaxes immigration rules to attract skilled labour‚ÄĚ -¬†Stephen Brown and Holger Hansen, Reuters
Yes, Spain‚Äôs unemployment rate is over 26%. But elsewhere in the Eurozone, it‚Äôs a different story. Germany’s unemployment rate is at its lowest since reunification in 1990‚ÄĒand Berlin is actively recruiting certain skilled labor.¬†
‚ÄúSend in the clowns‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†The Economist
In Italian elections this week, voters set a post-war record‚Ä¶ for lowest turnout.
‚ÄúPutin‚Äôs Ph.D: Can a Plagiarism Probe Upend Russian Politics?‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†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 ‚Äúat least 50 percent plagiarized.‚ÄĚ So how high up the ranks does plagiarism go? Perhaps more to the point, how high up the ranks will Medvedev‚Äôs campaign to weed out plagiarism be permitted to go?¬†
‚ÄúCybersecurity and China‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Brookings
This piece takes a realistic approach to highlighting potential common ground on cybersecurity between the United States and China.
‚ÄúThe New Westphalian Web‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Katherine Maher, Foreign Policy
Have you ever thought of the internet as unclaimed territory, awaiting a basic framework for division of sovereignty?¬† You‚Äôre not the only one‚ÄĒa lot of nations have, too.