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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 "Why Russia is worried about the ‘Zero Option’ in Afghanistan" Andrew S. Bowen, the Interpreter (reprinted in the Diplomat) What are ...

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 Russia is worried about the ‘Zero Option’ in Afghanistan"
Andrew S. Bowen, the Interpreter (reprinted in 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.

"Route domestic Net traffic via India servers, [India’s] NSA tells operators"
Thomas K. Thomas, the Hindu Business Line
In the wake of the U.S. National Security Agency’s surveillance scandal, India’s deputy national security advisor (NSA) is recommending ways of domestically routing Internet traffic that will minimize the American agency’s opportunities for snooping.

"In China, one-child policy compounds loss of child for parents"
William Wan, Washington Post
Chinese birthrates have fallen from 4.77 children per woman in the early 1970s to 1.64 in 2011; China has the world’s most unbalanced sex ratio at birth. What is the impact of the one-child policy on parents that end up childless due to tragic circumstances?

"I flirt and tweet. Follow me at #Socialbot."
Ian Urbina, New York Times
More than half of all Internet traffic already comes from nonhuman sources, like bots or other algorithms. What impact will this growing phenomenon have?

"With so many job openings, why so little hiring?"
Peter Orszag, Bloomberg
Over the past three years, job openings in the United States have gone up by almost 50 percent. Actual hiring? Less than 5 percent. This piece offers three theories that attempt to explain this dramatic discrepancy.

Weekly bonus

"40 maps that will help you make sense of the world"
www.twistedsifter.com
Curious as to which 22 countries are the only ones never invaded by Britain? Or what the most common surname is in each European country? This collection of geographical statistics is well worth a look.

"Adm. Winter: X-47 aborted Bush carrier landing not a problem"
Colin Clark, www.breakingdefense.com
No, it’s not the plot of Terminator 5. This American unmanned stealth drone’s computer was sophisticated enough to override its own scheduled test landing.

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