Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Group is posting our favorite political risk articles of the week onÂ Foreign Policy, which Iâ€™d like to share here as well. Â As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selectionsÂ @EurasiaGroupÂ orÂ @IanBremmer.
â€śU.S. Blames Chinaâ€™s Military Directly for Cyberattacksâ€ť â€“Â David E. Sanger, New York Times
For the first time, the Obama administration explicitly accused Chinaâ€™s 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
â€śRussiaâ€™s Energy Bully Takes a Fallâ€ť â€“Â Alexandros Petersen, Foreign Policy
Is Russiaâ€™s coercive use of gas exports to bully its neighbors finally unraveling? Will cheaper gas worldwide exacerbate Russiaâ€™s â€śreverse dependenceâ€ť on European markets?Â
â€śJapanâ€™s leading exporters say the weak yen is helping them, to a pointâ€ť â€“Â Gwynn Guilford, Quartz
Is Abenomics for real?Â It certainly had an impact on many exportersâ€™ Q1 bottom line. The weaker yen accounted for ÂĄ43.2 billion of Nissanâ€™s ÂĄ174.4 billion operating profit (up almost 50 percent from the same period last year).
â€śIn China, Power Is Arrogantâ€ť â€“Â Yu Hua, New York Times
In 2001, hospital officials in Shenzhen stipulated that nurses should â€śshow precisely eight teeth when smiling.â€ťÂ This piece addresses the â€śwacky and arbitrary natureâ€ť of many Chinese regulations.Â Â
â€śThis Is The Worldâ€™s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gunâ€ť â€“Â 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 gunsâ€”and 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.