Political risk must-reads

January 14, 2014

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.

India-Japan Defense Ministers Agree To Expand Strategic Cooperation” — Ankit Panda, the Diplomat

India and Japan recently announced their decision to strengthen their defense relationship. While China went unmentioned, the two countries’ larger neighbor was clearly the elephant in the room.

Why a TV Show About Celebrity Fathers Has Enraptured China” — Sue-Lin Wong, the Atlantic

Why is a Chinese show about celebrity dads attracting more viewers per episode than there are people in North America?

The Global Impact of U.S. Shale” — Daniel Yergin, Project Syndicate

According to Yergin, the “biggest innovation in energy so far this century has been the development of shale gas and the associated resource known as ‘tight oil.’” How is it impacting global markets and energy dynamics?

Hey General, It’s Me, Chuck. Again.” — Shadi Hamid, Politico

Since Egypt’s military coup on July 3rd, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has spoken with General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi over 25 times. Does the United States have anything to show for it?

China suspends ban on foreign video game console sales” — China Daily

After 14 years, China has lifted a ban on selling foreign video game consoles — at least temporarily. China’s video game market grew 38 percent  in 2012, reaching almost $14 billion in value in 2013.

Weekly bonus

Netizens can now tase corrupt Chinese officials in new online video game” — Sam Canpadee, Shanghaiist

It seems the Chinese government won’t be censoring a new online game that involves electrocuting corrupt officials. In fact, the People’s Daily encouraged people to play, announcing “everyone has a responsibility to fight corruption and embezzlement and get themselves on the anti-corruption high score.”

This Map Shows What All The World’s Leaders Studied In School” — Max Nisen, Business Insider

Curious to know what the world’s heads of state studied in school? This map breaks it down into 13 disciplines.

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