Kidnap-for-ransom in Mozambique, a threat that’s expected to rise

November 22, 2017

Mozambique’s kidnap environment has stayed steady over the last few years, with one of the most active criminal kidnap-for-ransom environments in Sub-Saharan Africa, although it also has a history of insurgency and politically-related kidnapping.

With increased foreign investment in the oil and gas sector in the north, and investment in other sectors elsewhere in the country, the pool of potential kidnap victims will grow. Control Risks foresees an increase in the kidnapping-for-ransom threat as a result.

This podcast will examine: 

  • Mozambique’s current kidnap environment
  • Tactics used and who is most targeted
  • Which regions have the highest rate of kidnap incidents
  • How organisations can mitigate this threat
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RiskMap Podcast: Planning for Natural Disasters; Africa Investment Risks & Rewards; Catalonia’s Independence Vote

October 1, 2017

The RiskMap Podcast - A conversation about what's happening in the world and what it means for global business.

In this edition:

  • Rebecca Scorzato, a Partner in the Crisis & Resilience Consulting practice in the Americas, talks about what companies can do prior to and in the aftermath of a natural disaster to ensure the safety of their assets and people, and to resume normal business operations. [Minute 1:47]
  • The flipside of risk is opportunity. Paul Gabriel, lead author of the Africa Risk/Reward Index published by Control Risks and Oxford Economics, discusses highlights from the report and what investors eyeing the continent ought to consider. [Minute 9:27]
  • Nick Panes, head of Control Risks' Global Risk Analysis practice for Europe & Africa, reflects on a recent business trip to Madrid and discusses Catalonia's independence referendum and its impact. [Minute 13:43]

 

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‘Tiger kidnapping’ on the rise in Brazil: Who is most at risk?

August 22, 2017

Control Risks currently records more incidents of so-called ‘tiger kidnapping’ in Brazil than in any other country around the world, with one case on average every ten days this year. In this podcast Joseph Smith, our Special Risks Analyst for the Americas region, explains what this type of kidnapping involves and who is most at risk.

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RiskMap Podcast: Venezuela update; Power shifts in Southern Africa; The global cyber threat

August 14, 2017

The RiskMap Podcast - A conversation about what's happening in the world and what it means for global business.

In this edition:

  • Laura Sharkey, an analyst covering the Andean region, provides an update on the crisis in Venezuela and the outlook for businesses operating there as the government of President Nicolas Maduro continues making moves to completely centralize power. [Minute 1:15]
  • A series of high profile cyber attacks in recent months have highlighted the significant risks facing global businesses. Nicolas Reyes, Associate Director for Cyber Security, discusses how companies can get ahead of the ever-shifting cyber threat. [Minute 7:58]
  • Barnaby Fletcher, an analyst covering Southern Africa, discusses the upcoming presidential election in Angola that will close the 38-year tenure of president José Eduardo dos Santos, South Africa's recent vote to continue the controversial rule of president Jacob Zuma, and how the varying questions around power and leadership throughout the region will impact the business environment. [Minute 16:30]

 

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Iraq – Moving past Mosul

August 10, 2017

In this podcast, Iraq Analyst, Glen Ransom discusses with Allison Wood the challenges facing Iraq following the government’s recapture of Mosul city from Islamic State.

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RiskMap Podcast: Opportunity & Risk in Post-Conflict Colombia

July 28, 2017

The RiskMap Podcast - A conversation about what's happening in the world and what it means for global business.

In this special edition:

  • Sergio Guzman, Control Risks' lead analyst for Colombia, discusses the upcoming milestone in the peace process between the Colombian government and the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC), and what the private sector needs to consider as rebel groups begin reintegrating into politics and the economy after 52 years of armed conflict. 

 

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Turkey: a year on from the coup

July 25, 2017

In this Control Risks podcast, Cagdas Cataltas and George Dyson discuss the risks and opportunities for international investors in Turkey one year on from the failed coup. They cover Turkey's political status including the state of the opposition as well as key security considerations for businesses operating in Turkey.

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RiskMap Podcast: Qatar Crisis; China’s Cyber Law; The Violent Insider Threat

July 12, 2017

The RiskMap podcast - A conversation on geopolitics, security, and the pressing risks facing global business.

In this edition:

  • Allison Wood, a Consultant in Control Risks' Dubai office, discusses the diplomatic and economic quarantine of Qatar by its GCC neighbors, the impact of the crisis on companies with operations there, and the future of Gulf relations. [Minute 1:30]
  • China recently introduced a new law effectively nationalizing data security, and few organizations are adequately prepared. Carly Ramsey, an Associate Director based in Shanghai, helps us understand the political and technical requirements now facing companies. [Minute 9:10]
  • Shawn VanSlyke, a Director for Control Risks and the former chief of the FBI's elite Behavioral Analysis Unit and the Crisis Negotiation Unit, explains what organizations should do to assess and mitigate the threat of violent insiders in the workplace, from the personally aggrieved to the ideologically motivated. [Minute 13:45]

 

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Instability to plague UK politics and business after election

June 12, 2017

In this podcast, Senior Europe Analyst, David Lea, looks at how UK Prime Minister Theresa May will manage the coming months amid great political uncertainty.

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RiskMap Podcast: Terrorism in the UK & implications for event security; Brazil’s impossible choice

June 7, 2017

We speak with David Lea, Senior Analyst for Western Europe, about the terrorist attack in London on 3rd June; Bill Udell, Senior Partner and head of the Americas Crisis and Security Consulting practice discusses event security in the wake of the Manchester attack the week prior; and Simon Whistler, chief analyst for Latin America, tells us about the impossible choice facing Brazil as yet another president faces allegations of corruption. 

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RiskMap Podcast: South Korea’s new president; Elections in Iran; and the G7 summit

May 16, 2017

In this edition we discuss what the election of president Moon Jae-in means for South Korea and global politics; the likely outcome of the election in Iran; and what to expect from the G7 Summit as the group of leaders welcomes Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron. 

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President Macron’s parliamentary challenge

May 10, 2017

A thumping win in France's presidential election sees Emmanuel Macron facing the formidable task of fighting the parliamentary elections in June with a young party lacking local networks and an electoral machinery. David Lea, Senior Europe Analyst at Control Risks examines Macron’s mission.

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RiskMap Podcast: Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, & Cameroon

May 1, 2017

In this May 1, 2017 edition of the RiskMap Podcast, Control Risks' analysts around the globe discuss the progress of Saudi Vision 2030 and a recent government reshuffle; what the election of leftist president Lenin Moreno means for Ecuador and the business environment; and a 3-month internet shutdown in Cameroon amid protests that have exposed deep divisions in a country that has long been stable. 

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Macron charts course to French presidency

April 25, 2017

With Emmanuel Macron winning most votes in the first round of France’s presidential election and the major parties swinging behind him to confront Marine Le Pen of the National Front, his path to the Elysée Palace seems pretty certain. Senior Europe Analyst, David Lea discusses what a Macron presidency would mean for business and Europe.

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RiskMap Podcast: A pivotal vote in Turkey, Venezuela’s autocratic shift, and a crisis in South Africa

April 10, 2017

Co-hosts Charles Hecker and Jackie Day discuss the referendum in Turkey that could alter its form of government; the bold moves by Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro to further consolidate his power; and the political shakeup in South Africa that has had dramatic economic effects.

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