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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.

"Not always with us"
Economist

How have we made so much progress eradicating poverty in recent decades? Between 1981 and 2010, China lifted 680 million people out poverty -- more than the entire current population of Latin America. China alone accounts for around three-quarters of the world's total decline in extreme poverty over the past 30 years. Where does progress need to come from going forward?

"Cristinanomics: Argentina's crazy plan to save the economy through money laundering"
Douglas Farah, Foreign Policy
Argentina just can't shake its reputation as the wild child of global markets. The latest developments only reinforce this image.

"Down So Long, It Looks Like Up to the Euro Zone"
Jack Ewing, New York Times
Why is Spain celebrating adding 265 jobs last quarter? The rhetoric in the eurozone may point to a recovery, but you be the judge.

Russia corner

"Putin's Russia: Repression ahead"
Economist

Could Vladimir Putin's recent show of force be a sign of increased fragility?

"Putin's Petro State Approaching Empty"
Leon Aron, the American
From below 50 percent in the mid-1990s, the share of commodities in Russian exports has grown to 70 percent today. How much margin for error does Russia still have?

"Putin and Wife Say Their Marriage Is Over"
Gregory L. White and Paul Sonne, Wall Street Journal
Vladimir Putin is on the market once more…

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