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Political risk must-reads

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.

Must-reads

"Mexico Makes It: A Transformed Society, Economy, and Government"
Shannon K. O’Neil, Foreign Affairs

There are plenty of underappreciated bright spots in Mexico. This piece gives a compelling recent economic history of the country and spells out the risks and opportunities Mexico faces today.

"Is Kurdistan the Taiwan of the Middle East?"
Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Is Kurdistan a rare winner in an ever-turbulent Middle East?

"Life After Oil and Gas"
Elisabeth Rosenthal, New York Times

How does energy use differ around the world? A staggering fact: New York State’s 19.5 million residents consume as much energy as the 800 million residents in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa).

"The Middle Kingdom’s Problem with Religion"
Simon Scott Plummer, Standpoint

In 2011, there were an estimated 67 million Chinese Christians and rising. Some predict that in a few decades, Chinese Christians could outnumber those in the US (there are currently 170 million and falling). How will China’s religion demographics affect its development?

China-Apple-Weibo reads:

"Did China Just Declare War on Apple? Sure Looks Like It"
Gordon Chang, Forbes

"Apple in China: Unparalleled arrogance, undisclosed agenda"
The Economist

"Weibo: The Real People’s Daily"
Jonathan Dehart, The Diplomat

It seems like an anti-Apple campaign is brewing in China-but who is behind it? What’s the motive? Apple CEO Tim Cook’s January prediction that China will become the company’s largest market looks inauspicious in hindsight. One thing is for sure: social media is exploding in China and Weibo is upending the calculus of information flow and control.