Political risk must-reads

August 16, 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.


Why Russia is worried about the ‘Zero Option’ in Afghanistan” – Andrew S. Bowen, The Diplomat

What are the security risks that Russia faces as the United States pulls out of Afghanistan? Russia’s own pullout in 1989 is an ominous signal for what’s to come.

Route domestic Net traffic via India servers, National Security Advisor tells operators” – Thomas K. Thomas, The Hindu Business Line

In the wake of the NSA surveillance scandal, India’s deputy national security advisor is recommending ways of domestically routing Internet traffic that will minimize the American agency’s opportunities for snooping.

In China, one-child policy compounds loss of child for parents” – William Wan, Washington Post

Chinese birthrates have fallen from 4.77 children per woman in the early 1970s to 1.64 in 2011; China has the world’s most unbalanced sex ratio at birth. What is the impact of the one-child policy on parents that end up childless due to tragic circumstances?

I flirt and tweet. Follow me at #Socialbot” – Ian Urbina, New York Times Sunday Review

More than half of all Internet traffic already comes from nonhuman sources, like bots or other algorithms. What impact will this growing phenomenon have?

With so many job openings, why so little hiring?” – Peter Orszag, Bloomberg View

Over the past three years, job openings in the United States have gone up by almost 50%. Actual hiring? Less than 5%. This piece offers three theories that attempt to explain this dramatic discrepancy.

Weekly bonus

40 maps that will help you make sense of the world” – www.twistedsifter.com

Curious as to which 22 countries are the only ones never invaded by Britain? Or what the most common surname is in each European country? This collection of geographic statistics is well worth a look.

Adm. Winter: X-47 aborted Bush carrier landing not a problem” – Colin Clark, www.breakingdefense.com

No, it’s not the plot of Terminator 5. This American unmanned stealth drone’s computer was sophisticated enough to override its own scheduled test landing.

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