Friday’s Reading List
By Taylor Marvin
What I read this week:
An older piece, but nevertheless interesting: Why haven’t the FARC successfully used surface-to-air weapons in Colombia? Possible answers include difficulty acquiring or storing MANPADS, and difficultly using these weapons in the dense jungles FARC operates in.
A reviews of Robert Gates’ Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Greg Jaffee.
Jim O’Neill, creator of the BRIC grouping acronym, has a new term for the four large developing economies with young workforces, the MINTs — Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Turkey. It is worth noting that while the BRICs’ total population is nearly 3 billion, the MINTs’ is just over 600 million. We also must give thanks for countries whose names begin with “I”, without which these neat acronyms would be impossible.