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 by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.¬†
‚ÄúIs This a Pandemic Being Born?‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy
In the past few weeks in China, we‚Äôve seen over 15,000 dead animals pulled out of China‚Äôs polluted rivers, with vast distances between discoveries. Recently, three people have contracted a virus strain that previously did not affect humans. Explanations from government officials have been as murky as the polluted water itself. This piece doesn‚Äôt claim that we can draw a firm connection between these events‚Ä¶ but it argues that we certainly cannot rule it out.¬†
‚ÄúJobs Alone Do Not Explain the Importance of Manufacturing‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Scott Andes and Mark Muro, Brookings
The U.S. manufacturing sector makes up just 11% of the American economy‚ÄĒbut it represents about 60% of U.S. exports and 68% of private sector research and development.¬† Does the rigid focus on manufacturing‚Äôs job creating capabilities tell the whole story?
‚ÄúInside the cult of Kim‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†The Economist
As provocations from the North Korean regime make international headlines, what is life like on the ground in Pyongyang?¬†
‚ÄúArming for Virtual Battle: The Dangerous New Rules of Cyberwar‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Thomas Darnstaedt, Marcel Rosenbach and Gregor Peter Schmitz, Spiegel
It looks like someone‚Äôs hiring: U.S. Cyber Command at the Pentagon did not exist four years ago. Today it has 900 employees. In the next few years, that number is expected to rise to 4,900.
‚ÄúHagel: U.S. ‚Äėhas grown weary of war and skeptical of foreign engagements‚Äô‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Jorge Benitez, Atlantic Council
In this collection of excerpts from Chuck Hagel‚Äôs speech at the National Defense University on April 3rd (full transcript here), Hagel addresses key questions: What is America‚Äôs role abroad as it becomes more hesitant to engage in global affairs? How has the American military‚ÄĒand the challenges it faces‚ÄĒevolved since 9/11?