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, 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


  • GEOPOLITICS, US

    John Schindler, "The Spy Revolt Against Trump Begins"

    The Observer - 12 Feb 2017

    Timely! This week, prediction markets offered even odds on a Trump impeachment or resignation.  In terms of how his presidency evolves, the argument expanded in the article may be one of the most significant developments. The former counter-intelligence officer explains why the US intelligence community is now pushing back against a White House it considers leaky, untruthful and penetrated by the Kremlin. Risky! Watch this space (reads in 4-6 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 17 February 2017


  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, ECONOMICS, US, GEOPOLITICS, US

    James Stewart, "Case Study in Chaos: How Management Experts Grade a Trump White House"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 2 Feb 2017

    Irrespective of their political convictions, a bunch of professors in management and organizational behavior grade President Trump’s first days in office. In the process, they remind us what constitutes effective management of complicated organizations. In a nutshell: “You want to surround yourself with talented people who have the most expertise, who bring different perspectives to the issue at hand. Then you foster debate and invite different points of view in order to reach a high-quality solution.” (reads in 5-7 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 3 February 2017


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