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Must Reads of the Week: Boko Haram in Nigeria, an Aging Japan, and more

Author: Editors
October 18, 2013


The War for Nigeria
By James Verhi
National Geographic

"In the national collective consciousness, Boko Haram has become something more than a terrorist group, more even than a movement. Its name has taken on an incantatory power. Fearing they will be heard and then killed by Boko Haram, Nigerians refuse to say the group's name aloud, referring instead to 'the crisis' or 'the insecurity.'"

 Boko Haram militants raided the town of Benisheik Residents watch as two men walk amidst rubble after Boko Haram militants raided the town of Benisheik, west of Borno State capital Maiduguri September 19, 2013. (Photo: Courtesy Reuters)
Japan Offers an Unsettling Glimpse of All of our Futures
By Gideon Rachman
Financial Times

"Japan is also a global trendsetter in other, more troubling ways. If the policy makers of Europe and North America want a sense of the social, economic and strategic challenges they may face in the coming years, they should visit Japan…"

Women and Conflict in Afghanistan
International Crisis Group

"If patchy implementation of the laws that protect and empower women raises doubts of Kabul's commitment, women are as much, if not more concerned about the efforts, with international backing, to broker peace with the Taliban. They have been sidelined in a process that will determine their future and that of their country."

Why OPEC No Longer Calls the Shots
By Daniel H. Yergin
Wall Street Journal

"Although the OPEC embargo seemed to provide proof that the world was running short of oil resources, the move by Arab exporters did the opposite: It provided massive incentive to develop new oil fields outside of the Middle East—what became known as 'non-OPEC,' led by drilling in the North Sea and Alaska."

This Bond Manager Hates Bonds
By Tommy Stubbington
Wall Street Journal

"Managing a bond fund these days is a peculiar business. Global central banks have aggressively supported government bonds, driving up—many would say distorting—their prices. Market observers generally agree that support will eventually ebb, bringing prices back down and bond yields up, but no one can be certain when. What is an investor to do?"

Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang Mount Diplomatic Offensive in Southeast Asia
By Teddy Ng
South China Morning Post

"Poor relations with China might push Southeast Asian nations into joining the US-dominated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that does not include Beijing, and also make them less enthusiastic towards the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership that Beijing is supporting."

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