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.


"Iceland and China Enter a Free Trade Agreement"

David Jolly, New York Times

China just inked its first ever Free Trade Agreement with a European country. But with a GDP that's less than 1/500th of China's, Iceland seems like an odd choice-what can it offer in return? The answer might lie up north.

"Alexei Navalny's Day in Court: Putin's Nemesis Faces the State's Legal Wrath"

Joshua Yaffa, Foreign Affairs

Russian blogger/activist Alexei Navalny has worked his way into the opposition's spotlight -- and the Kremlin's crosshairs. As the trial begins, the verdict is all but certain: over the past two years, the presiding judge has issued 130 convictions and no acquittals.

"After Apple, China Directs Its Ire at Microsoft"

Sterling Wong,

Is China's government-sanctioned anti-Apple campaign moving on to Microsoft? This could be an early warning.

"America's problem is not political gridlock"

Lawrence Summers, Financial Times

Larry Summers asks, is political gridlock in Washington really a structural obstacle to American economic growth and improvement?

"Megacities and the Density Delusion: Why More People Doesn't Equal More Wealth"

Joel Kotkin,

According to some theorists, the denser a city, the more economically productive it will be. But is this really the case? Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is the densest megacity (defined as a city of 10 million or more) in the world, with 115,000 people per square mile. And with a GDP per capita of $3,100, it's the poorest too.

"Maduro's pyrrhic victory"

The Economist

Why will Maduro's recent razor-thin victory in the Venezuelan presidential election prove destabilizing for the country?


"Two-Headed Pig Born in Chinese Village"

Sky News

After 16,000 pig corpses were pulled out of polluted Chinese rivers, we thought we'd seen it all. But China's latest pig story deserves...a double-take.


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