Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Group is posting our favorite political risk articles of the week onÂ Foreign Policy, which Iâd like to share here as well. Â As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selectionsÂ @EurasiaGroupÂ orÂ @IanBremmer.
âU.S. Blames Chinaâs Military Directly for Cyberattacksâ âÂ David E. Sanger, New York Times
For the first time, the Obama administration explicitly accused Chinaâs military of responsibility for cyberattacks on American government computer systems. By some estimates, 90 percent of the cyberespionage in the US originates in China.Â
âRussiaâs Energy Bully Takes a Fallâ âÂ Alexandros Petersen, Foreign Policy
Is Russiaâs coercive use of gas exports to bully its neighbors finally unraveling? Will cheaper gas worldwide exacerbate Russiaâs âreverse dependenceâ on European markets?Â
âJapanâs leading exporters say the weak yen is helping them, to a pointâ âÂ Gwynn Guilford, Quartz
Is Abenomics for real?Â It certainly had an impact on many exportersâ Q1 bottom line. The weaker yen accounted for Â„43.2 billion of Nissanâs Â„174.4 billion operating profit (up almost 50 percent from the same period last year).
âIn China, Power Is Arrogantâ âÂ Yu Hua, New York Times
In 2001, hospital officials in Shenzhen stipulated that nurses should âshow precisely eight teeth when smiling.âÂ This piece addresses the âwacky and arbitrary natureâ of many Chinese regulations.Â Â
âThis Is The Worldâs First Entirely 3D-Printed Gunâ âÂ Andy Greenberg, Forbes
What happens when rapidly evolving technologies meet an age-old political debate?Â 25-year-old Cody Wilson is utilizing 3D printers to print gunsâand sharing the blueprints in downloadable open source format on his website in a bid to undermine gun control efforts.Â Here is a disturbing documentary from Vice on the process and its implications.