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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  • GEOPOLITICS, Asia, Conflicts

    David Ignatius, "This is the moment of truth on North Korea"

    The Washington Post - 8 Aug 2017

    The columnist explains why The North Korean nuclear threat is a “hinge” moment for both the US and China. If Washington and Beijing manage to deal together with the issue, the door opens on a new era in which China will play a larger and more responsible role in global affairs, commensurate with its economic power. If the great powers can't cooperate, the door will slam shut - possibly triggering a catastrophic military conflict on the Korean Peninsula (reads in 3-4 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 11 August 2017


  • GEOPOLITICS, Asia

    Syed Munir Khasru, "The geopolitical landscape of Asia Pacific is changing dramatically. Here’s how"

    World Economic Forum - 28 Jul 2017

    China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Trump’s abandonment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are two highly significant events compelling most Asian states to re-orient their long-held policy towards the two giants. This, in turn, is disrupting “the usual order of things in Asia.” The Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos and Cambodia are being pulled closer towards China’s orbit of influence. The regional geopolitical landscape is very complex, but the Chinese seem to have an edge over the Americans (read in 7-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 4 August 2017


  • GEOPOLITICS, Asia, Conflicts

    Mark Bowden, "How to deal with North Korea?"

    The Atlantic - 31 Jul 2017

    The US has no good options for dealing with North Korea, but some are worse than others. The four options, all bad, are the following: (1) prevention; (2) turning the screws, (3) decapitation; (4) acceptance. The latter is probably the least bad (reads in 10-15 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 7 July 2017


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