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
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
Daveed Gartenstein and Nathaniel Barr, "The Myth of Lone-Wolf Terrorism"
Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 26 Jul 2016
The two security specialists deconstruct the myth of the “lone-wolf terrorist”. They explain that with the social media boom and the growth in encrypted communications, radicalization and operational planning can easily take place entirely online. ISIS has capitalized on evolving communications technologies, building cohesive online communities that foster a sense of “remote intimacy” and thus facilitate radicalization (reads in 8-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 30 July 2016
Samor Kumar Rath, "Wolf-Pack Terrorism: Inspired by ISIS, Made in Bangladesh"
Yale Global Online - 7 Jul 2016
In the wake of the horrific terrorist attack in Nice, this article refers to the global threat posed by ISIS. The Delhi University’s security expert explains how ISIS is now reversing course, with Jihadists leaving Syria and Iraq and putting countries like Bangladesh under siege. What distinguishes the Dhaka suspects from others is that they belong to the country’s western-educated elite including a senior member of the ruling party. He warns that it’s more than likely that the same phenomenon will soon reach Indian cities with a Dhaka-like attack waiting to unfold (reads in about 5-7 min).
Published in Weekly selection 15 July 2016
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