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, China, Conflicts, US

    Ian Buruma, "Are China and the United States Headed for War?"

    The New Yorker - 19 Jun 2017

    This is a scathing critic of Graham Allison’s book and contention that a war between China and the US is much more likely than we think. Ian Buruma thinks not and explains why. In his view, Allison underrates the many factures that could slow things down quite soon. He also comments on several other books recently published on the same subject (reads in about 5-7 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 23 June 2017


  • GEOPOLITICS, Africa, US

    Graham Allison, "Thinking the Unthinkable With North Korea"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 30 May 2017

    According to the prominent Harvard historian, History suggests that as President Trump comes to understand the risks involved, he will settle for constraints on North Korean testing to stop it from being able to reach the American homeland with a nuclear-tipped missile.  In his opinion, what we see unfolding now is a Cuban missile crisis in slow motion. He concludes with a most original idea (reads in 4-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 2 June 2017


  • GEOPOLITICS, US

    Sarah Ellison, "The Inside Story of the Kushner-Bannon Civil War"

    Vanity Fair - 30 Apr 2017

    This is not our standard article but we included it in this week’s selection for two reasons: (1) It helps outsiders to understand the dynamic of what’s going on within the Trump administration and how that might affect the course of US policy; (2) it is very well-researched but reads like a captivating thriller with Rasputin-like characters (reads in more than 10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 21 April 2017


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