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!




Kenneth Rogoff
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    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


    Gwynn Guilford, "The 9 charts you need to understand the US-China relationship before the Trump-Xi summit"

    Quartz - 6 Apr 2017

    This short article (reads in 5-7 min.) is the functional equivalent of a crash course to understand what is at stake in the meeting that just took place between Presidents Xi and Trump. What are the most sensitive issues? (1) China’s net exports to the US (and its dependency on US consumers); (2) The yuan’s real effective exchange rate (which shows that China is not a currency manipulator); (3) North Korea and (4) China’s claims in the South China Sea.

    Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2017

  • GEOPOLITICS, Conflicts, US

    Philip Gordon, "A Vision of Trump at War"

    Foreign Affairs (metered paywall) - 22 Mar 2017

    The think-tanker and former diplomat explains how the US President could stumble into conflict. There is a risk that his erratic style and confrontational policies could cause miscalculations and turn out far worse than expected. Gordon examines in detail the most likely cases where this might happen: Iran, China, and North Korea (reads in 6-8 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 24 March 2017

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