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 theme of this week’s must-reads is number crunching—whether it’s budgets in China and Iran, record-long filibusters in the US senate, or how much the quality of life has improved in Africa over the last decade. Get out your calculators. Here goes.
Crunching the numbers
“Is fracking a ‘bridge’ to a clean-energy future? Ernest Moniz thinks so,” Brad Plumer, Wonkblog, The Washington Post
In terms of halting climate change, natural gas has been dubbed a ‘bridge fuel’ for its growing role in the energy mix as the world transitions to renewable energy. But just how far into the future can this bridge reach?
“China is spending more on policing its own people than on its defense budget,” Lily Kuo, Quartz