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
The German chancellor who preceded Angela Merkel famously described Vladimir Putin as a “flawless democrat.” Today, Merkel’s views are starkly different. Ukraine’s political turmoil offers fertile ground for an EU-Russia geopolitical proxy spat.
East Africa Takes Step Toward Single Currency – Nicholas Bariyo, Wall Street Journal