Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Group is posting our favorite political risk articles of the week on¬†Foreign Policy, which I‚Äôd like to share here as well. ¬†As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections¬†@EurasiaGroup¬†or¬†@IanBremmer.
‚ÄúU.S. Blames China‚Äôs Military Directly for Cyberattacks‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†David E. Sanger, New York Times
For the first time, the Obama administration explicitly accused China‚Äôs military of responsibility for cyberattacks on American government computer systems. By some estimates, 90 percent of the cyberespionage in the US originates in China.¬†
‚ÄúRussia‚Äôs Energy Bully Takes a Fall‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Alexandros Petersen, Foreign Policy
Is Russia‚Äôs coercive use of gas exports to bully its neighbors finally unraveling? Will cheaper gas worldwide exacerbate Russia‚Äôs ‚Äúreverse dependence‚ÄĚ on European markets?¬†
‚ÄúJapan‚Äôs leading exporters say the weak yen is helping them, to a point‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Gwynn Guilford, Quartz
Is Abenomics for real?¬† It certainly had an impact on many exporters‚Äô Q1 bottom line. The weaker yen accounted for ¬•43.2 billion of Nissan‚Äôs ¬•174.4 billion operating profit (up almost 50 percent from the same period last year).
‚ÄúIn China, Power Is Arrogant‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Yu Hua, New York Times
In 2001, hospital officials in Shenzhen stipulated that nurses should ‚Äúshow precisely eight teeth when smiling.‚ÄĚ¬† This piece addresses the ‚Äúwacky and arbitrary nature‚ÄĚ of many Chinese regulations.¬†¬†
‚ÄúThis Is The World‚Äôs First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Andy Greenberg, Forbes
What happens when rapidly evolving technologies meet an age-old political debate?¬† 25-year-old Cody Wilson is utilizing 3D printers to print guns‚ÄĒand sharing the blueprints in downloadable open source format on his website in a bid to undermine gun control efforts.¬† Here is a disturbing documentary from Vice on the process and its implications.