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.
“China Court Ruling Could Threaten Foreign Investments in Country” – Sue-Lin Wong, International Herald Tribune
Many Chinese sectors such as media, finance, and technology are off-limits to foreign direct investment. Variable interest entities (VIEs) have allowed Chinese companies such as Baidu, Sina, and Alibaba to raise billions in foreign capital while avoiding the regulatory hurdles. A new court ruling may make these entities illegal—with severe implications.
“Dividing The Nile – Ethiopia And Egypt Spar Over River Dam Project” – Vincent Defait, LE TEMPS/ Worldcrunch
Can ten countries really share one river? An Ethiopian plan to create 6,000 megawatts of hydroelectric power through damming the Nile—enough electricity for 85 million Ethiopians—has neighbors feeling like they’ve been sold down the river.