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Ian Bremmer

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Aug 1, 2014 15:50 UTC

Political risk must-reads

By Ian Bremmer

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.

Must-reads

Flirting with default, Argentina enjoys oil drilling boom — John Kemp, Reuters

In its comprehensive assessment of global shale resources, published in 2013, the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that Argentina has the world’s second-largest resources of shale gas (after China) and fourth-largest shale oil (after Russia, the United States and China).

Argentina’s technically recoverable shale gas and oil resources amount to just over and just under 10 percent of the world total respectively, according to the EIA (“Technically recoverable shale oil and shale gas resources” June 2013).

In Need of Investment, Peru Rolls Back Environmental Standards — Paul Shortell, World Politics Review

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Jul 22, 2014 17:16 UTC

Political risk must-reads

By Ian Bremmer

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.

Russia Writes Off 90% of Cuba Debt as Putin Meets Castros” — Olga Tanas and Anna Andrianova, Bloomberg

Putin’s charity act has just saved the Cuban economy almost $32 billion… but Russia has its eye on lucrative energy contracts.

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Jul 11, 2014 20:34 UTC

Political risk must-reads

By Ian Bremmer

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.

The economics of people on the move

Immigration Is Changing Much More Than the Immigration Debate” — Ben Casselman, FiveThirtyEight

As the U.S. deals with the recent spike in child migrants, immigration from Asia has surpassed immigration from Latin America in recent years. How can we explain the disconnect between perception and reality in the country’s immigration debate?

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
May 5, 2014 22:14 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.

U.S. diplomacy: failure to launch

Russian Diplomats Are Eating America’s Lunch – James Bruno, POLITICO  

Russian ambassadors to the 28 NATO nations have 960 years of diplomatic experience. The same group of U.S. ambassadors has 331 years of experience. Russia has two political appointees serving as ambassadors to NATO countries; America has 16. What impact are these experience and preparedness gaps having in the current Ukraine crisis?

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Apr 17, 2014 18:59 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.

Japan: challenges and opportunities

The Incredible Shrinking Country” — D.M., the Economist

Japan’s population began shrinking in 2004; last year, it declined by 244,000 people. The population is also aging: 22 percent of citizens are 65 or older. Is there any way to reverse these trends?

Japan’s Profound Ambivalence Over Nuclear Energy” — Per Liljas, Time

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.

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.

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