Political risk must-reads
Eurasia Groupâ€™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 viaÂ @EurasiaGroupÂ orÂ @ianbremmer.
â€śThe Rise of the Rest of India: How States Have Become the Engines of Growthâ€ť â€“ Ruchir Sharma, Foreign Affairs
With 1.2 billion people, 34 officially recognized languages (and only 40 percent of citizens speaking a dialect of Hindi), India often seems like more of a continent than a country. Could the diversity between states yield economic advantages?
â€śChinaâ€™s Central Asia Bazaarâ€ť â€“ James Brooke, Moscow Times
After the USSR collapsed in 1991, trade between China and Central Asia was virtually non-existent. It hit $46 billion last yearâ€” more than half of total trade between China and Russia ($88 billion). Should Moscow be worried?
â€śIn Japan, Will Hafu Ever Be Considered Whole?â€ť â€“ J.T. Quigley, The Diplomat
Japan and the Koreas are the most racially homogenous countries on earth. But today, 3.5 percent of domestic marriages in Japan are between Japanese and foreigners (up from 2.1 percent in 1987). What hurdles do mixed race Japanese face?
â€śOne Model, Two Interpretationsâ€ť â€“ The Economist
Changing the branding for the US-China relationship has little effect on the underlying dynamic. How does the relationship compare to traditional strategic rivalries between major powers?
â€śHere are the Countries Where Internet Freedom Has Declined Mostâ€ť â€“ Olga Khazan, The Atlantic
Instead of looking at the overall rankings of internet freedom, this piece focuses on the changes. In which countries has internet freedom diminished most since last year?
â€śFBI Seizes Deep Web Black Market Silk Road, Arrest Ownerâ€ť â€“ Matt Burns, TechCrunch
Police have shut down Silk Road, the â€śAmazon of illegal things.â€ť The Bitcoin currency proceeded to plummet. Just how big was the market for Silk Road?