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.
“Taxis Vanish in Rain as Singapore Gets Congested” – Sharon Chen, Bloomberg
Singapore’s population has grown by more than a million since mid-2004 to 5.3 million today. The 1996 transport system white paper planned for a population of 4 million by 2030. All this growth is a good problem to have—but can Singapore’s infrastructure support it?
“Saudi Arabian Women Urged To Protest Against Driving Ban By Getting Behind The Wheel On October 26” – Sara C Nelson, Huffington Post
A petition is circling for a “day of defiance” where Saudi women will take the wheel in protest of a ban on their right to drive. The government seems to downplay the social importance of the ban — in 2005, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of the Interior said, “It looks like some people want to make it an issue, but it’s not.” The petition has over 10,000 signatures that say otherwise.