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 "Chinese Search for Infant Formula Goes Global" Edward Wong, New York TImes Are Chinese consumers ready to trust the safety standards ...

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.

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

"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.

"Cambodia’s election: Feeling cheated"
The Economist
At 28 years and counting, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen is the longest-serving elected leader in Southeast Asia. But was this week’s election laced with fraud? Even in defeat, the opposition did come away with significant gains in parliament — and accusations of poor conduct on its part as well: Opposition party leader Sam Rainsy was accused of stoking popular anti-Vietnamese sentiment.

"The Turkey, PKK ‘Peace Process’ Should Scare Assad"
Cale Salih, Syria Deeply
How does the Turkey-PKK (Kurdistan Workers’ Party) peace process impact the violence in neighboring Syria? Could it change the balance of power between Bashar al-Assad and the opposition?

"Is France Heading South?"
Interviewee: Dominique Moïsi; Interviewer: Jeanne Park, Council on Foreign Relations
In June, French President François Hollande announced that the eurocrisis is "over." This seems increasingly untrue in France.

"The Land of the Sinking Sun"
By Philippe de Koning and Phillip Y. Lipscy, Foreign Policy
In the last decade, Japan’s annual defense budget has declined more than 5 percent. Over the same span, China’s has grown 270 percent (South Korea’s is up 45 percent and Taiwan’s has risen 14 percent). What do new military dynamics between Japan and the rest of Asia mean for U.S. foreign policy and the pivot to Asia?

"15 Charts That Should Terrify Saudi Arabia"
Rob Wile, Business Insider
Should Saudi Arabia be concerned about the shale oil and gas revolution? Let us count the ways.

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Henry Kissinger during an interview in Washington in August 1980.
Henry Kissinger during an interview in Washington in August 1980.

Henry Kissinger, Colossus on the World Stage

The late statesman was a master of realpolitik—whom some regarded as a war criminal.

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The West’s False Choice in Ukraine

The crossroads is not between war and compromise, but between victory and defeat.

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Illustrated portraits of Reps. MIke Gallagher, right, and Raja Krishnamoorthi

The Masterminds

Washington wants to get tough on China, and the leaders of the House China Committee are in the driver’s seat.