Political risk must-reads

By Ian Bremmer
April 12, 2013

Eurasia Group’s weekly selection of essential reading for the political risk junkie – presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.

Must-reads 

Baby milk rationing: Chinese fears spark global restrictions” – Celia Hatton, BBC News

What’s worse than glow-in-the-dark pork? The recent craze in subpar Chinese product safety standards is all about baby milk formula.

Murder mysteries: Official figures showing a sharp drop in China’s murder rate are misleading” – The Economist

According to official statistics, the murder rate in China surged from 10,000 in 1981 to 28,000 in 2000…and has since dropped steadily to 12,000. Is that credible?

The global farm grab is on” – 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.

Closing the Door on Hackers” – Marc Maiffret, New York Times

The debate surrounding cyber challenges has reached a fever pitch. But the blame doesn’t lie solely with aggressive perpetrators or unprepared victims: the infrastructure and software itself is insecure and prone to manipulation. 

Bonus pieces 

Bitcoin Trading Boom is Bittersweet For Long-Time Traders, Who Fear Volatility Will Tarnish Currency” – Eleazar David Melendez, Huffington Post

What is this bitcoin phenomenon all about? This piece gives a good overview of the rise—and recent fall—in the virtual currency’s fortunes.

These Three Countries Are Winning the ‘Game of Thrones’” – Katy Byron, CNBC

Which real-world countries are the geopolitical winners behind the Game of Thrones television show?

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