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.
“Is This a Pandemic Being Born?” – Laurie Garrett, Foreign Policy
In the past few weeks in China, we’ve seen over 15,000 dead animals pulled out of China’s polluted rivers, with vast distances between discoveries. Recently, three people have contracted a virus strain that previously did not affect humans. Explanations from government officials have been as murky as the polluted water itself. This piece doesn’t claim that we can draw a firm connection between these events… but it argues that we certainly cannot rule it out.
“Jobs Alone Do Not Explain the Importance of Manufacturing” – Scott Andes and Mark Muro, Brookings
The U.S. manufacturing sector makes up just 11% of the American economy—but it represents about 60% of U.S. exports and 68% of private sector research and development. Does the rigid focus on manufacturing’s job creating capabilities tell the whole story?
“Inside the cult of Kim” – The Economist
As provocations from the North Korean regime make international headlines, what is life like on the ground in Pyongyang?