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.


"New Rove Group Could Backfire on G.O.P."

By Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight blog, New York Times

Nate Silver puts data to good use, analyzing the power of fundraising (or lack thereof) in Republican Senate primary races.

"Nigeria's Cardinal Francis Arinze: the next Pope?"

By Fraser Nelson, The Spectator

Two things that wouldn't ordinarily mix: the Pope... and Vegas odds.

"How to avert Armageddon"

The Economist

The asteroid that hit Russia on February 15 was quite a sight. If you're curious about strategies to defend against future collisions, this is the article for you.

Longer Reads

"A Middle-Class Paradise in Palestine?"

By Armin Rosen, The Atlantic

The planned city of Rawabi in the West Bank is a unique experiment -- a "Palestinian-directed private sector project, with support from both Israeli businesses and a major Arab government." Could it be the new way forward? 

"A Chinese Hacker's Identity Unmasked"

By Dune Lawrence and Michael Riley, Bloomberg Businessweek

To catch a cyber-thief: This piece details how the director of malware research at Dell SecureWorks used a notorious Chinese hacker's cyber-activities to reverse-engineer his real-world identity.



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