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!
- REVIEW OF BOOKS
Zheping Huang, "A crackdown on Hong Kong booksellers reflects the deep divides in China’s Communist Party"
Quartz - 17 Jan 2016
The recent disappearance of Hong Kong publishers critical of the Chinese leadership has attracted a lot of media attention and spurred many divergent interpretations. This article explains that the disappearances and forced confessions are actually a sign of infighting within the Chinese Communist Party.
Published in Weekly selection 23 January 2016
Graham Allison, "The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?"
The Atlantic - 24 Sep 2015
The Harvard Professor says that the defining question about global order for this generation is whether China and the United States can escape the Thucydides’s Trap: the attendant dangers when a rising power rivals a ruling power. The historical record is not good: in 12 of 16 cases over the past 500 years, the result was war; and based on the current trajectory, he claims that “war between the US and China in the decades ahead is not just possible, but much more likely than recognized at the moment”. However, it is not inevitable.
Published in Weekly selection 3 October 2015
Damien Ma, "China’s 2’ Percent Problem"
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 25 Aug 2015
Instead of posting an article on the recent Chinese market gyrations, we chose this one because it illustrates a particular aspect of the complex interplay of multiple challenges that China faces in terms of maintaining social stability (the overarching objective). In this short article (reads in about 7 mn), the academic explains that the expectations of a rising generation of “millennial migrants” are shifting rapidly, increasing the possibility that their accumulated discontents will turn into a volatile force that catalyzes social instability.
Published in Weekly selection 28 August 2015
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