Political risk must-reads

October 22, 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.


Crunch time for the TPP—and for U.S. leadership in Asia” – Claude Barfield, East Asia Forum

In the wake of Obama’s absence at the APEC summit, what is the status of the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Schadenfreude Alert: Huawei Calls for More Transparency” – Adam Pasick, The Atlantic

Huawei remains mostly blocked from operating in the United States on suspicions that it is too enmeshed with the Chinese government. The company has pounced on the Snowden affair as an opportunity to highlight collaborations between Washington and the American telecom sector.

Aliko Dangote – Africa’s richest man” – William Wallis, Financial Times

According to Dangote, his companies will soon be contributing as much as 10 percent of Nigeria’s GDP; that’s much more than John D. Rockefeller’s proportionate contribution to the American economy in the early 20th century. What can the story of Africa’s most successful businessman teach us about the best strategies in a booming but unpredictable investment environment?

Longer reads

Energy Harnessing: New Solutions for Sustainability and Growing Demand” – A World Economic Forum Report

How will megatrends like climate change and innovative technologies impact the world’s energy outlook?

Weekly bonus

Colleges Are Using Big Data To Predict Which Students Will Do Well—Before They Accept Them” – Neil Ungerleider, fastcoexist.com

How is big data revolutionizing the college admissions process?

This Map Shows The Most Famous Book Set In Every State” – Melissa Stanger and Mike Nudelman, Business Insider

The title says it all.

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