Political risk must-reads

August 23, 2013

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


Getting Serious: An End to the Russia-Japan Dispute?” — J. Berkshire Miller, The Diplomat

Russia and Japan have not yet formally signed a peace treaty to end their World War II hostilities. Could things really be looking up for their bilateral relationship?

Why China’s Farms Are Failing” — Tom Philpott, The Atlantic

China has reduced its hunger rate from 20 percent of the population in 1990 to 12 percent today; an explosion in food production and economic growth has made this possible. But is the progress sustainable? Here are six disturbing trends about China’s land.

Who owns Bangladesh?” — The Economist

Bangladesh has been governed by female prime ministers since 1991. But some estimates suggest women own as little as 2 percent of Bangladesh’s total agricultural land. What’s causing the gender-based ownership gap? 

How China Can Defuse Its Looming Demographic Crisis” — Robert C. Pozen, Brookings

The retirement age in China has been 60 for men since the 1960s. But life expectancy has risen from below 60 years then to 74 today. Are there policy approaches that could stave off China’s impending demographic challenges?

Weekly bonus 

Interactive Map Color-Codes Race of Every Single American” — Jaclyn Skurie, National Geographic

Using data from the U.S. census, this map color codes the entire United States by race—in granular, often eye-opening detail.

Beijing professor builds illegal mountain villa on rooftop of apartment block” — David McKenzie, CNN

Everyone knows about the housing boom in China’s major cities. This may very well be the strangest new home in Beijing. 

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