Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Group‚Äôs weekly selection of essential reading for the political-risk junkie ‚ÄĒ 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¬†@
‚ÄúChinese Search for Infant Formula Goes Global‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†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.
‚ÄúCambodia‚Äôs election: feeling cheated‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†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‚Äôs election laced with fraud? Even in defeat, the opposition did come away with significant gains in parliament‚ÄĒand accusations of poor conduct on its part as well: opposition party leader Sam Rainsy was accused of stoking popular anti-Vietnamese sentiment.
‚ÄúThe Turkey, PKK ‚Äėpeace process‚Äô should scare Assad‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Cale Salih, Syria Deeply
How does the Turkey-PKK (Kurdistan Worker‚Äôs Party) peace process impact the violence in neighboring Syria? Could it change the balance of power between Assad and the opposition?
‚ÄúIs France Heading South?‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Interviewee: Dominique Moisi; Interviewer: Jeanne Park, Council on Foreign Relations
In June, French president Francois Hollande announced that the ‚Äúeuro crisis is over.‚ÄĚ This seems increasingly untrue in France.¬†
‚ÄúThe Land of the Sinking Sun‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†By Philippe de Koning and Phillip Y. Lipscy,¬†Foreign Policy
In the last decade, Japan‚Äôs annual defense budget has declined more than 5 percent. Over the same span, China‚Äôs has grown 270 percent (South Korea‚Äôs is up 45 percent and Taiwan‚Äôs 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?¬†
‚Äú15 Charts That Should Terrify Saudi Arabia‚ÄĚ ‚Äď¬†Rob Wile, Business Insider
Should Saudi Arabia be concerned about the shale oil and gas revolution? Let us count the ways.