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, The Middle East

    Tarek Osman, "The Arab World’s Coming Challenges"

    Project Syndicate - 13 Jun 2017

    The author identifies four new problems for the coming decade: (1) the region will face intensifying contests over national identities and perhaps even the redrawing of borders; (2) the most populous states will confront a massive youth bulge; (3) the Gulf countries will import fewer workers from the rest of the Arab world, and export less capital to it; (4) the social role of religion is becoming increasingly contested (reads in 5-7 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 16 June 2017


  • GEOPOLITICS, The Middle East

    Nicholas Borroz and Brendan Meigan, "Saudi Arabia's Failed Oil War"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 13 Mar 2017

    The two experts explain in plain and simple terms why the days of Saudi Arabia’s oil market dominance are over. US producers are now far ahead of the competition, having become the epicenter of technological innovation in horizontal drilling and fracturing. The challenges facing the Kingdom are immense, with tremendous economic and geopolitical global ramifications (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 17 March 2017


  • GEOPOLITICS, The Middle East

    Malise Ruthven, "The future of political Islam"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 30 Sep 2016

    How can the Muslim world escape the dual curse of secular authoritarianism and religious extremism? This is a review of two books that help understanding Islamism and try to explain the dilemmas, paradoxes, and confusion facing political actors in the world’s most volatile region. In particular, it sheds light on why the recent developments - especially the Arab revolts of 2010–11 – have failed to generate “a legitimate, stable political order” (reads in 6-9 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 17 September 2016


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