Political risk must-reads

By Ian Bremmer
July 26, 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

Back on top” – The Economist

After Japan’s upper-house elections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a stable majority in both houses. But will the nationalistic tendencies that have made him so popular at home incense neighbors like China and South Korea even more? 

A hungry world: Lots of food, in too few places” – Mark Koba, CNBC

Of the nearly one billion people who go hungry, approximately 852 million of them live in developing countries. Is the issue that there’s not enough food—or that those who need it most can’t access it?

Beijing takes on big beasts of global drugs industry” – David Pilling, Financial Times

At $60bn per year, China’s prescription pharmaceutical market is already the third largest in the world (and growing at around 17% per year). How can foreign companies keep from getting cut out of this lucrative market?

Russia Announces a Naval Buildup in the Pacific” – Zachary Keck, The Diplomat

An unlikely ally has helped Russia stage its largest naval buildup since the Cold War— France is set to deliver Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to bolster Russia’s Pacific fleet. Is Russia engaging in an Asia “pivot” of its own?

Cyber-Sabotage Is Easy” – By Thomas Rid, Foreign Policy

ICS-CERT (hold your breath for this acronym: Industrial Control Systems-Cyber Emergency Response Team) contends that America’s critical infrastructure has never been successfully sabotaged — but all signs point to it being a matter of when rather than if.

Must-watch 

Blurred Lines” by… Bill Clinton

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