Political risk must-reads

By Ian Bremmer
September 9, 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.

Must-reads

The New Isolationism: Why the World’s Richest Countries Can’t Work Together

Mohamed El-Erian, The Atlantic

What does America’s inability to form a coalition for action against Syria say about the state of global leadership? What are the economic implications in a world where developed countries cannot coordinate?

Amid Coral Reefs and Ruins, Ripples of Fear Over a Recent Attack

Nicholas Kulish, The New York Times

Tourism accounts for more than a quarter of Zanzibar’s economic activity. Could a recent attack labeled as Islamist extremism undermine the sector? What does it mean for Zanzibar’s push for more autonomy from mainland Tanzania?

Corruption in China

Follow the Money: Who Benefits from China’s One-Child Policy?

Yueran Zhang, Tea Leaf Nation

The demographic turmoil of China’s one child policy has been widely reported. Are vested interests at the local government level slowing reform?

How a smile brought down China’s corrupt ‘Brother Watch’

The Globe and Mail

Chinese citizens may not have a voice in the ballot box, but they have other means of speaking out against leaders they don’t like. A smile — and some expensive watches — were the undoing of one safety official, who fell victim to what has been dubbed China’s “human-flesh search engine.”

Weekly Bonus

Inside the Magical Patch That Gives You a Powerful Anti-Mosquito Force Field

Vivek Kemp, Fast Company

In 2010, an estimated 219 million people were infected with malaria. Could this technology — and a clever business model — do something about it?

National Flags Created From the Foods Each Country Is Commonly Associated With

Paul Caridad, Visual News

Warning: This might make you hungry.

 

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