Political risk must-reads

By Ian Bremmer
May 20, 2013

Eurasia Group’s weekly selection of essential reading for the political risk junkie – presented in no particular order, and shared from ForeignPolicy.com. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.

Must-reads

“Leaving Bangladesh? Not an easy choice for brands” – Jonathan Faney and Anne D’Innocenzio, Associated Press

The recent tragedy in Bangladesh is a reason for multinationals to take their business elsewhere. The average hourly wage of 24 cents in Bangladesh (compared to $0.45 in Cambodia, $0.52 in Pakistan, $0.53 in Vietnam, or $1.26 in China) may prove sufficient reason to stay.

“Making a hash of finding the cash” – The Economist

Why is it so hard to recover assets from former leaders who pilfered their countries while in power?

“Pakistan’s next prime minister wants to end decades-old feud with India” – Jon Boone, Jason Burke and Emma Graham-Harrison, The Guardian

Last weekend, Nawaz Sharif became prime minister in a resounding victory that was the first peaceful transfer of power from one civilian government to another in Pakistan’s 66-year history. Do Sharif’s decisive win and conservative credentials allow him to promote greater economic collaboration with India?

“Erdogan’s Great Gamble” – John Hannah, Foreign Policy

Is a watershed agreement with Turkey’s Kurds the next big step for Prime Minister Recep Erdogan? Or will a political challenge as old as the Turkish state itself prove too difficult to meet? 

“The Ayatollah’s Game Plan” – Mohsen Milani, Foreign Affairs

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei may not be able to simply choose Iran’s next president—but he can influence the outcome of the upcoming presidential election in many different ways. 

Must-view

“The Rescue of Jessica Buchanan” – 60 Minutes

This 15-minute TV segment tells the story of Jessica Buchanan’s abduction in Somalia—and eventual rescue by a Navy SEAL team.

Must-play

Do you have an interest in geography…or procrastination? Via Google Maps, Geoguessr drops you at a random point in the world; you guess your location based on your surroundings and get points for proximity.

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