Political risk must-reads

Fri Jun 7, 2013 3:04pm EDT

Romney’s foreign policy: Reagan redux

Romney’s foreign policy: Reagan redux

Eurasia Group’s weekly selection of essential reading for the political risk junkie — presented in no particular order, and shared from ForeignPolicy.com. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.

Not always with us” – The Economist

How have we made so much progress eradicating poverty in recent decades? Between 1981 and 2010, China lifted 680m people out poverty—more than the entire current population of Latin America. China alone accounted 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, The 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” – The Economist

Could 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% in the mid-1990s, the share of commodities in Russian exports has grown to 70% today. How much margin for error does Russia still have?

Putin Says Marriage Is Over” – Gregory L. White, Wall Street Journal

Vladimir Putin is on the market once more…