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Ian Bremmer

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Sep 9, 2013 15:06 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.

Must-reads

The New Isolationism: Why the World’s Richest Countries Can’t Work Together

Mohamed El-Erian, The Atlantic

What does America’s inability to form a coalition for action against Syria say about the state of global leadership? What are the economic implications in a world where developed countries cannot coordinate?

Amid Coral Reefs and Ruins, Ripples of Fear Over a Recent Attack

Nicholas Kulish, The New York Times

Tourism accounts for more than a quarter of Zanzibar’s economic activity. Could a recent attack labeled as Islamist extremism undermine the sector? What does it mean for Zanzibar’s push for more autonomy from mainland Tanzania?

Corruption in China

Follow the Money: Who Benefits from China’s One-Child Policy?

Yueran Zhang, Tea Leaf Nation

The demographic turmoil of China’s one child policy has been widely reported. Are vested interests at the local government level slowing reform?

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Aug 30, 2013 15:15 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.

Must-reads 

Why Bo Stole the Show” – Minxin Pei, Project Syndicate

Day One of the Bo Xilai trial was jarringly transparent; it’s hard to believe it was China’s attempt at upholding rule of law and judicial integrity. After all, Beijing clamped down from the second day onward. So how did Bo Xilai get a chance to speak his mind so openly and dramatically? What impact might it have?

Mutually Insured Destruction” – Maggie Koerth-Baker, New York Times

Can predictive algorithms used by reinsurance companies successfully measure the economic impact of climate change?

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Aug 23, 2013 13:11 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.

Must-reads

Getting Serious: An End to the Russia-Japan Dispute?” – J. Berkshire Miller, The Diplomat

Russia and Japan have not yet formally signed a peace treaty to end their World War II hostilities. Could things really be looking up for their bilateral relationship?

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Aug 16, 2013 15:19 UTC

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.

Must-reads

Why Russia is worried about the ‘Zero Option’ in Afghanistan” – Andrew S. Bowen, The Diplomat

What are the security risks that Russia faces as the United States pulls out of Afghanistan? Russia’s own pullout in 1989 is an ominous signal for what’s to come.

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Aug 9, 2013 14:31 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.

Must-reads

City chickens and country eggs” – The Economist

China has gone all-in with efforts to spur increased urbanization. Said Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, “Urbanization has the greatest potential for boosting domestic demand.” He claims urban residents in China spent 3.6 times as much as their rural peers in 2010. But what if China has it backwards? Does urbanization lead to growth — or does growth lead to urbanization?

Searching Big Data for ‘Digital Smoke Signals’” – Steve Lohr, New York Times

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Aug 2, 2013 15:18 UTC

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.

Must-reads 

Chinese Search for Infant Formula Goes Global” – Edward Wong, New York TImes

Are Chinese consumers ready to trust the safety standards of homemade products? Concerned parents in China are registering their doubts with their wallets as they go abroad to purchase baby formula.

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Jul 26, 2013 14:56 UTC

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.

Must-reads

Back on top” – The Economist

After Japan’s upper-house elections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a stable majority in both houses. But will the nationalistic tendencies that have made him so popular at home incense neighbors like China and South Korea even more? 

A hungry world: Lots of food, in too few places” – Mark Koba, CNBC

Of the nearly one billion people who go hungry, approximately 852 million of them live in developing countries. Is the issue that there’s not enough food—or that those who need it most can’t access it?

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Jul 19, 2013 19:14 UTC

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.

Reshaping the world through trade” – Timothy Garton Ash, Los Angeles Times

Trade deal fever — from TTIP to TPP — is partly a hedge against China’s rise. But that doesn’t mean China shouldn’t be invited. In fact, China’s inclusion should be encouraged…provided it adapts its economic approach to meet the entrance criteria.

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Jul 12, 2013 14:57 UTC

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.

A Free Miracle Food!” – Nicholas D. Kristof, New York Times

Suboptimal breast-feeding practices claim 804,000 children’s lives a year—more than malaria (based on the World Health Organization’s estimates). This seems like low-hanging fruit for improving the global child mortality rate.

France’s triumphant ‘Joan of Arc’ vows to bring back franc and destroy euro” – Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Telegraph

Political risk must-reads

Ian Bremmer
Jun 28, 2013 18:30 UTC

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

Must-reads

Spanish frustration with Germany grows as austerity bites” – Tobias Buck, Financial Times

What a difference a year makes. A little more than a year ago, Spaniards dubbed Angela Merkel their most admired leader in Europe. Now she ranks below the leaders of France, Italy and the UK. What’s causing the shift in sentiment?

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