Eurasia Group's weekly selection of essential reading for the political risk junkie -- presented in no particular order. As always, feel free to give us your feedback or selections by tweeting at us via @EurasiaGroup or @ianbremmer.
David Jolly, New York Times
China just inked its first ever Free Trade Agreement with a European country. But with a GDP that's less than 1/500th of China's, Iceland seems like an odd choice-what can it offer in return? The answer might lie up north.
Joshua Yaffa, Foreign Affairs
Russian blogger/activist Alexei Navalny has worked his way into the opposition's spotlight -- and the Kremlin's crosshairs. As the trial begins, the verdict is all but certain: over the past two years, the presiding judge has issued 130 convictions and no acquittals.
Sterling Wong, Minyanville.com
Is China's government-sanctioned anti-Apple campaign moving on to Microsoft? This could be an early warning.
Lawrence Summers, Financial Times
Larry Summers asks, is political gridlock in Washington really a structural obstacle to American economic growth and improvement?
Joel Kotkin, NewGeography.com
According to some theorists, the denser a city, the more economically productive it will be. But is this really the case? Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is the densest megacity (defined as a city of 10 million or more) in the world, with 115,000 people per square mile. And with a GDP per capita of $3,100, it's the poorest too.
Why will Maduro's recent razor-thin victory in the Venezuelan presidential election prove destabilizing for the country?
After 16,000 pig corpses were pulled out of polluted Chinese rivers, we thought we'd seen it all. But China's latest pig story deserves...a double-take.
The Call, from Ian Bremmer, uses cutting-edge political science to predict the political future -- and how it will shape the global economy.