Political risk must-reads

August 2, 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.


Chinese Search for Infant Formula Goes Global” – Edward Wong, New York TImes

Are Chinese consumers ready to trust the safety standards of homemade products? Concerned parents in China are registering their doubts with their wallets as they go abroad to purchase baby formula.

Cambodia’s election: feeling cheated” – The Economist

At 28 years and counting, Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen is the longest-serving elected leader in Southeast Asia. But was this week’s election laced with fraud? Even in defeat, the opposition did come away with significant gains in parliament—and accusations of poor conduct on its part as well: opposition party leader Sam Rainsy was accused of stoking popular anti-Vietnamese sentiment.

The Turkey, PKK ‘peace process’ should scare Assad” – Cale Salih, Syria Deeply

How does the Turkey-PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party) peace process impact the violence in neighboring Syria? Could it change the balance of power between Assad and the opposition?

Is France Heading South?” – Interviewee: Dominique Moisi; Interviewer: Jeanne Park, Council on Foreign Relations

In June, French president Francois Hollande announced that the “euro crisis is over.” This seems increasingly untrue in France. 

The Land of the Sinking Sun” – By Philippe de Koning and Phillip Y. Lipscy, Foreign Policy

In the last decade, Japan’s annual defense budget has declined more than 5 percent. Over the same span, China’s has grown 270 percent (South Korea’s is up 45 percent and Taiwan’s has risen 14 percent). What do new military dynamics between Japan and the rest of Asia mean for American foreign policy and the pivot to Asia? 

15 Charts That Should Terrify Saudi Arabia” – Rob Wile, Business Insider

Should Saudi Arabia be concerned about the shale oil and gas revolution? Let us count the ways.

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