Political risk must-reads

December 20, 2013

Political risk must-reads

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.

New project to create drinking water from the Red Sea will also boost shrinking Dead Sea — William Booth and Howard Schneider, Washington Post

What are the implications of a Red Sea-Dead Sea initiative that required buy-in from Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority?

The Chinese military machine’s secret to success: European engineering — David Lague, Reuters

Technically speaking, the European Union has had an official embargo on arms shipments to China since Tiananmen Square in 1989. So why are there so many European-made components in Chinese military craft?

India’s ‘verbal autopsies’ are crude but invaluable — Anjana Ahuja, Financial Times

“How does a country look after the living if it knows next to nothing about how they die?” In a country where cremation often precludes autopsy, more out-of-the-box methods for surveying have been adopted. What has the Million Deaths Survey revealed?

America’s Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor — Emily Badger, the Atlantic

Seventy-nine percent of the poorest counties in the United States are located in the South. What is the one region that saw significant increases in median income from 2007-2012? This piece shows America’s income inequality through a series of graphical maps.

Best of 2013…with a twist

America’s Best Hate-Reads, 2013 — Tim Murphy, Mother Jones

In 2013, what were the worst stories with the biggest splash?

The 2013 Jealousy List: The 41 Best Stories (and One Book) We Didn’t Write — Bloomberg Businessweek

Sometimes jealousy is the mother of invention. This list compiles the best work of 2013 through a lens of envy.

Bonus piece

What a picture says about power in North Korea — Michael Madden, BBC

It might be just as awkwardly staged, but this is not your average Christmas card.

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