RiskMap Podcast: Lingering Questions in Greece, Venezuela’s Oil Woes

February 27, 2015

Negotiations between Greece and the Eurozone will continue in the coming weeks, following a short-term deal that did little to address Greece’s long-term economic outlook. Meanwhile, low oil prices have put Venezuela’s economy on the ropes, raising the risk of social unrest and fears of sovereign default.

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Cyber Trends 2015

February 25, 2015

The cyber security landscape will evolve rapidly and attacks will increase in 2015. Our cyber analysts discuss the key trends in the 2015 period. Hosted by Stewart Bertram, Senior Manager, Cyber Threat Intelligence and John Nugent, Senior Analyst, Cyber Threat Intelligence.

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The China Story in 2015: The view from Africa

February 17, 2015

China has played a major role in Africa’s growth story over the past decade. Now that the Chinese economy is rebalancing and GDP growth is slowing, how will that affect Africa’s prospects?

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The China Story in 2015: The Americas perspective

February 17, 2015

The slowdown in China’s GDP is being felt around the world and in this podcast, Michael Moran, Control Risks managing director in New York talks to Bliss Khaw, Control Risks associate director and China lead in the Americas.

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RiskMap Podcast: Ukraine back from the brink, Sri Lanka’s India pivot, and US budget battles

February 13, 2015

A new ceasefire in Ukraine has little hope of sticking, Sri Lanka’s new president visits Delhi, and what businesses should watch for in the coming US budget debate. Hosted by Charles Hecker and Michael Moran.

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IS in the Maghreb

February 13, 2015

In a region with a history Islamist militancy, the increase in militia in Libya that claim allegiance to Islamic State (IS) has people asking whether IS could carve out a stronghold in North Africa. Geoffrey Howard, Control Risks lead North Africa analyst discusses the prospect.

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RiskMap Podcast: Nigeria’s Election and the View From Asia

February 3, 2015

The final two weeks of Nigeria’s election bring considerable uncertainty to Africa’s largest economy. Meanwhile, Asian investors look abroad for opportunities, focusing on Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia. Hosted by Michael Moran and Charles Hecker.

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Greece and Europe – the road ahead

February 2, 2015

After a confrontational first week in power, Greece’s governing SYRIZA party has toned down the rhetoric and is now talking to European leaders.

David Lea, Control Risks Senior Europe Analyst and Dr James Nixon, Chief European Economist at Oxford Economics discuss what the coming months will bring.

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Greeks vote against EU austerity – now what?

January 26, 2015

The people of Greece have chosen the Coalition of the Radical Left or SYRIZA to form the next government. Falling just short of an overall majority,SYRIZA will enter a coalition with the Independent Greeks party. The one thing the two partners have in common is fierce opposition to austerity measures that come with the European Union bailout.

With the Coalition of the Radical Left or SYRIZA preparing to govern Greece on a platform of ending austerity, Control Risks Senior Europe Analyst, David Lea looks at the tough choices faced by the new government, Greece and Europe.

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Understanding Social Risk In Latin America

January 21, 2015

Social risk is nothing new, but for companies doing business in Latin America, these risks are increasingly coming to the fore. Companies who pay lip service to community relations do so at their own peril, but those that take a nuanced approach can position themselves for success, say Simon Whistler and Oliver Wack.

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Navigating the Challenges of Emerging Markets

January 20, 2015

David Hughson of Radius Worldwide and Jonny Gray of Control Risks discuss some of the obstacles that companies face in emerging markets. Gone are the days when companies could get by on a wish and a prayer, they say; success requires more carefully considered risk management strategies.

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RiskMap Podcast, RiskMap 2015 Edition

January 5, 2015

Coinciding with the release of Control Risks’ annual RiskMap report, this episode of the RiskMap podcast reviews the major themes in the report: diverging interests between national governments and international businesses, heightened animosity between nations, and the growing frequency and magnitude of crises on a global scale. Michael Moran and Charles Hecker host.

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Recent Reports Paint Bleak Corruption Picture

December 11, 2014

‘Tis the season for anti-corruption reports. Three recent reports—from the OECD, Transparency International and Control Risks—examine corruption risk in the public and private sector. Collectively they suggest that corruption is a global challenge, it is growing, and many companies have failed to implement basic measures. Alison Taylor considers these findings and what companies should do.

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RiskMap Podcast: China Invests in US, Saudi Arabia on Oil Prices

December 5, 2014

With the global economy sputtering, the United States can expect to see more foreign investment from China. Meanwhile, low oil prices have some producers worried, but not Saudi Arabia, which is taking the strategic long view.

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RiskMap Podcast: Forecasting Business Environments in Russia and China

November 21, 2014

The combination of sanctions and low oil prices have strained Russia’s economy and raised questions about the stability of the business environment there. Meanwhile, a new regulatory environment in China appears to be stabilizing. Control Risks’ country experts look at what 2015 has in store in each country.  

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