Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Groupâ€™s 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.
â€śHow Israel beat the droughtâ€ť â€“Â David Horowitz, The Times of Israel
Israelâ€™s quantity of natural water per capita is the lowest in its entire region. But it seems Israelâ€™s water shortage crisis may be a thing of the past. Why? More than 80 percent of Israelâ€™s purified sewage is reused for agriculture. The next best in the OECD? Spain, at 18 percent.
â€śGermany relaxes immigration rules to attract skilled labourâ€ť -Â Stephen Brown and Holger Hansen, Reuters
Yes, Spainâ€™s unemployment rate is over 26%. But elsewhere in the Eurozone, itâ€™s a different story. Germany’s unemployment rate is at its lowest since reunification in 1990â€”and Berlin is actively recruiting certain skilled labor.Â
â€śSend in the clownsâ€ť â€“Â The Economist
In Italian elections this week, voters set a post-war recordâ€¦ for lowest turnout.
â€śPutinâ€™s Ph.D: Can a Plagiarism Probe Upend Russian Politics?â€ť â€“Â 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 â€śat least 50 percent plagiarized.â€ť So how high up the ranks does plagiarism go? Perhaps more to the point, how high up the ranks will Medvedevâ€™s campaign to weed out plagiarism be permitted to go?Â
â€śCybersecurity and Chinaâ€ť â€“Â Kenneth G. Lieberthal, Brookings
This piece takes a realistic approach to highlighting potential common ground on cybersecurity between the United States and China.
â€śThe New Westphalian Webâ€ť â€“Â Katherine Maher, Foreign Policy
Have you ever thought of the internet as unclaimed territory, awaiting a basic framework for division of sovereignty?Â Youâ€™re not the only oneâ€”a lot of nations have, too.