In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.
In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.
As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key. This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.
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Curation of weekly selections – A distillation of the opinions that count!
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Chika Oduah, "Trouble is brewing in Nigeria’s oil country"
Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 14 Jun 2016
Structurally lower oil prices are having all sorts of collateral effects on oil producing countries, particularly in terms of their social and political stability. This articles focuses on Nigeria, one of the world’s worst affected countries by lower oil prices. For years, the government paid militants in the Niger Delta not to blow up oil pipelines. Now it’s cutting them loose — and they’re taking up arms once again (reads in about 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 17 June 2016
Luke Patey, "Africa’s Petrostates Are Imploding"
Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 4 Apr 2016
Economic growth in Africa is now in danger of falling below the rest of the world. This article warns about a possible implosion of Africa’s petrostates (particularly Nigeria and Angola) and claims that in the coming years it will be East Africa that leads the way. Countries like Ethiopia, Kenya, and Rwanda will shift the center of economic power on the continent from west to east, redefining international perceptions of Africa’s potential. (reads in 8-9 mn.)
Published in Weekly selection 8 April 2016
Pierre Englebert, "The “Real Map” of Africa"
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 8 Nov 2015
We think that maps offer a realistic representation of the world, but the opposite is often the case: an idealistic drawing of borders in messy places with no visible demarcations on the ground, and sovereignty entities with no governance. This article explains that nowhere is the gap between reality and cartographic representation greater than in parts of Africa. It offers a map that reflects the actual geographical distribution of African state power. The bottom line: large parts of African land (34%) are beyond the reach of the states that ostensibly control them.
Published in Weekly selection 13 November 2015
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