Political risk must-reads

October 7, 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.


The Rise of the Rest of India: How States Have Become the Engines of Growth” – 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?

China’s Central Asia Bazaar” – 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 year— more than half of total trade between China and Russia ($88 billion). Should Moscow be worried?

In Japan, Will Hafu Ever Be Considered Whole?” – 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?

One Model, Two Interpretations” – 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?

Internet freedom

Here are the Countries Where Internet Freedom Has Declined Most” – 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?

FBI Seizes Deep Web Black Market Silk Road, Arrest Owner” – Matt Burns, TechCrunch

Police have shut down Silk Road, the “Amazon of illegal things.” The Bitcoin currency proceeded to plummet. Just how big was the market for Silk Road?

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