Political risk must-reads

May 10, 2013

Eurasia Group is posting our favorite political risk articles of the week on Foreign Policy, which I’d like to share here as well.  As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections @EurasiaGroup or @IanBremmer.


U.S. Blames China’s Military Directly for Cyberattacks” – David E. Sanger, New York Times

For the first time, the Obama administration explicitly accused China’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. 

Russia’s Energy Bully Takes a Fall” – Alexandros Petersen, Foreign Policy

Is Russia’s coercive use of gas exports to bully its neighbors finally unraveling? Will cheaper gas worldwide exacerbate Russia’s “reverse dependence” on European markets? 

Japan’s leading exporters say the weak yen is helping them, to a point” – Gwynn Guilford, Quartz

Is Abenomics for real?  It certainly had an impact on many exporters’ Q1 bottom line. The weaker yen accounted for ¥43.2 billion of Nissan’s ¥174.4 billion operating profit (up almost 50 percent from the same period last year).

In China, Power Is Arrogant” – Yu Hua, New York Times

In 2001, hospital officials in Shenzhen stipulated that nurses should “show precisely eight teeth when smiling.”  This piece addresses the “wacky and arbitrary nature” of many Chinese regulations.  

This Is The World’s First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun” – 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—and 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.

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