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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 "Back on top" The Economist After Japan’s upper-house elections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has a stable majority in both houses. But ...

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

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

"Beijing takes on big beasts of global drugs industry"
David Pilling, Financial Times
At $60 billion per year, China’s prescription pharmaceutical market is already the world’s third-largest (and growing at around 17 percent per year). How can foreign companies keep from getting cut out of this lucrative market?

"Russia Announces a Naval Buildup in the Pacific"
Zachary Keck, The Diplomat
An unlikely ally has helped Russia stage its largest naval buildup since the Cold War: France is set to deliver Mistral-class amphibious assault ships to bolster Russia’s Pacific fleet. Is Russia engaging in an Asia "pivot" of its own?

"Cyber-Sabotage Is Easy"
By Thomas Rid, Foreign Policy
ICS-CERT (hold your breath for this acronym: Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team) contends that America’s critical infrastructure has never been successfully sabotaged — but all signs point to it being a matter of when rather than if.

Must-watch
"Blurred Lines" by … Bill Clinton
Hmm…

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