Political risk must-reads

May 3, 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.


Lebanon squanders its finest human assets” – David Gardner, Financial Times

Lebanon is losing talent…and electricity. Last year, the country got an average of 11.4 hours of electricity a day.

Remote Control: Our Drone Delusion” – Steve Coll, The New Yorker

Bush oversaw forty-eight drone strikes in Pakistan while in office. Since 2009, Obama has authorized more than three hundred.

China’s Drone Program Appears to Be Moving Into Overdrive” – Christopher Bodeen, Huffington Post

“If the U.S. can do it, so can we.” China may trail the U.S. in drone technology, but it’s narrowing the gap.

Longer reads

The End of the Gandhis” – James Traub, Foreign Policy

The Gandhis are the paradox of Indian politics: they are both the deliverers of democracy, and the nepotistic exception to the rule.

Weekly bonus

Disruptions: Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream” – Nick Bilton, New York Times

Soon we might interact with smartphones with our minds—because fingers are just too clumsy.

14 Hairless Cats That Look Like Vladimir Putin” – Elizabeth F. Ralph, Foreign Policy

The headline says it all. Enjoy.

Editor’s note: This list is also published on Foreign Policy’s The Call blog.

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