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Ian Bremmer

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Apr 3, 2014 18:28 UTC

Political risk must-reads

Eurasia Group’s 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 and the environment

Traveling to China? Consider ‘Smog Insurance’” — Emily Rauhala, Time

The largest online travel agency in China may offer tourists a rebate if they should visit China’s major cities on days when pollution is severe — which is quite often.

China deploys drones to spy on polluting industries” — Jennifer Duggan, the Guardian

China has a novel use for drones: policing polluting industries. Offending companies cannot anticipate a drone flyover as readily as a conventional inspection trip. According to China Daily, drones have helped the ministry of environmental protection “resolve” over 200 environment-linked cases.

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Mar 5, 2014 20:30 UTC

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.

The Tragedy of Argentina: A Century of Decline” — the Economist

Last month, the Argentine peso saw its value depreciate by more than 20 percent. But 100 years ago, after 43 years of consecutive GDP growth of 6 percent annually, Argentina was considered a leading land of opportunity. What changed after World War One? Where is the country headed now?

Al-Qaeda Rebels in Syria Tell Christians to Pay up or Die” — Aryn Baker, Time

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Feb 24, 2014 20:35 UTC

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.

More Money, More Power for Asian Militaries” — Trefor Moss, Wall Street Journal blog

Last year, Asia Pacific accounted for a quarter of the more than $1.5 trillion spent on defense worldwide (according to a review of annual defense budgets by IHS Jane’s). Global defense spending has been in a five-year slump, but is expected to rise modestly this year. China is leading the charge, with annual defense spending growth of approximately 10 percent. In the early 2000s, Taiwan’s defense budget was half of China’s. Today, at $14.8 billion, it’s one-tenth.

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Feb 14, 2014 18:33 UTC

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.

Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO” — James Gallagher, BBC News

The World Health Organization predicts that by 2035, global cancer cases will rise from 14 million to 24 million. Are economic growth and a more robust social safety net in developing countries driving these alarming gains? What could best prevent the surge in cancer?

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Jan 14, 2014 22:53 UTC

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.

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Dec 20, 2013 16:47 UTC

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?

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Dec 11, 2013 17:13 UTC

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.

Obama thaws U.S.-Cuba relations – DeWayne Wickham, USA Today

Are we witnessing a potential improvement in U.S.-Cuba relations? Was Obama’s handshake with Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service merely an attempt to avoid a diplomatic snub — or did it signal something more substantial to come?

Round Two: EU Grooming Klitschko to Lead Ukraine – Nikolaus Blome, Matthais Gebauer, and Ralf Neukirch, Spiegel Online

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Nov 25, 2013 18:54 UTC

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.

America should not try to keep its shale gas to itself – Bill Richardson

Russia uses energy as a tool of its foreign policy. America should too.

The year of leading from behind – The Economist

What happens when Mexico’s reforms “begin to hurt the powerful interests they are aimed at?”

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Nov 18, 2013 21:40 UTC

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.

Saudi Arabia’s Shadow War” – David Kenner, Foreign Policy

Is Saudi Arabia enlisting Pakistan to train Syrian rebels?

A little local difficulty” – The Economist

In its attempt to keep unwanted stories out of the news, China has begun to create headlines of its own for cracking down on foreign journalism in the country.

India to beat US in number of Internet users: report” – Times of India

A recent report estimates that India will overtake the US to become the world’s second largest internet base within eight months.

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Nov 7, 2013 17:12 UTC

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, Myanmar, Thailand trilateral highway may start soon” – 

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