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.
‚ÄúBaby milk rationing: Chinese fears spark global restrictions‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Celia Hatton, BBC News
What‚Äôs worse than¬†glow-in-the-dark pork? The recent craze in subpar Chinese product safety standards is all about baby milk formula.
‚ÄúMurder mysteries: Official figures showing a sharp drop in China‚Äôs murder rate are misleading‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†The Economist
According to official statistics, the murder rate in China surged from 10,000 in 1981 to 28,000 in 2000‚Ä¶and has since dropped steadily to 12,000. Is that credible?
‚ÄúThe global farm grab is on‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Michael Kugelman, CNN
Seven of the countries that were ranked most food insecure in the 2012 Global Hunger Index have given up 10 percent or more of their total agricultural area. Some are calling the push to buy arable land in developing countries a new wave of colonialism.
‚ÄúClosing the Door on Hackers‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Marc Maiffret,¬†New York Times
The debate surrounding cyber challenges has reached a fever pitch. But the blame doesn‚Äôt lie solely with aggressive perpetrators or unprepared victims: the infrastructure and software itself is insecure and prone to manipulation.¬†
‚ÄúBitcoin Trading Boom is Bittersweet For Long-Time Traders, Who Fear Volatility Will Tarnish Currency‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Eleazar David Melendez,¬†Huffington Post
What is this bitcoin phenomenon all about? This piece gives a good overview of the rise‚ÄĒand recent fall‚ÄĒin the virtual currency‚Äôs fortunes.
‚ÄúThese Three Countries Are Winning the ‚ÄėGame of Thrones‚Äô‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Katy Byron, CNBC
Which real-world countries are the geopolitical winners behind the Game of Thrones television show?