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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Jean-Pierre Lehmann, "Learn from history to scatter Asia's gathering clouds of war"
The Straits Times - 11 Oct 2016
The emeritus professor of international political economy claims that (1) several signs point to the world being in a pre-war era, and that (2) the greatest peril emanates from Asia. At a meta-level, we are witnessing the decline of some empires (notably the US), the collapse of others (the Arab world), and the rise of China, which Jean-Pierre describes as a fragile global power. This short and punchy piece (reads in about 5-6 min) does not argue that history is about to repeat itself, but warns about the turmoil intensifying in Asia.
Published in Weekly selection 14 October 2016
Matthew Burrows, "The search for a new normal"
Atlantic Council - 30 Sep 2016
This is a longish report on the global risks and challenges that we collectively face over the next two decades. Inevitably, the perspective is American, but no less interesting for that! Matthew Burrows, the lead author, observes that the many worrisome developments should not conceal the fact that “the world is in a better place than it has ever been”. The executive summary reads in about 2 min, the rest of the report in 2 hours).
Published in Weekly selection 30 September 2016
Room for Debate, "Is the world becoming safer?"
The New York Times - metered paywall - 6 Sep 2016
This follows our posting of last week about Pinker’s argument that the world has never been safer. Four academics debate whether this is true or not. Some agree and see a trend towards less violence. Others argue that it’s important not to conflate greater complexity with greater danger and that inter-state wars are down but civil wars are up (reads in total in about 12-15 min).
Published in Weekly selection 9 September 2016
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