Eurasia Group’s weekly selection of essential reading for the political-risk junkie — presented in no particular order, and shared from ForeignPolicy.com. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.
“Africa: Continent of Plenty” – G. Pascal Zachary, IEEE Spectrum
In the early 1960s, Africa supplied 8 percent of the world’s tradable food; that figure has dropped below 2 percent today. Can Africa feed itself—and even help feed the world? Here are ten reasons to believe it can.
“Putin’s Self-Destruction” – Ivan Krastev and Vladislav Inozemtsev, Foreign Affairs
From 2000 to 2012, the number of Russian state officials rose by more than 65 percent, from 1.3 million to 2.1 million. Today, approximately $300 billion (16 percent) of Russia’s GDP is consumed by corruption. Will Putin’s anti-corruption campaign undermine the very people who support him most?
“Italy’s overcrowded prisons close to collapse” – Barry Mood, Reuters