RiskMap Podcast: Global Risks in the weeks ahead

April 16, 2014

In the latest instalment of Control Risks RiskMap podcast, Charles Hecker and Mike Moran consider the implications of the German trade delegation visit to Iran. They also discuss the possibility of an uptick in sectarian violence in Nortern Ireland and are joined by guest analyst Simon Whistler who looks at the latest state of play in Venezuela.

About the presenters

Charles Hecker, Global Research Director

CharlesHecker6.jpgAs Global Research Director, Charles Hecker is responsible for shaping Control Risks’ thought leadership on geopolitics, global security, macroeconomics and political risk methodology issues, and their impact on international business. Charles speaks at industry, policy and academic conferences and represents the company’s work to the international media. Charles also contributes to the content and production of Control Risks’ research services and designs and delivers complex, multi-jurisdiction political and security risk consultancy.
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Thailand’s troubles - latest update

April 15, 2014

In this podcast, Stephen Norris, Control Risks' political and security risk analyst for Thailand considers the likely next developments in the ongoing political turmoil which has stalled investment in the country.

Thailand’s Constitutional Court is due to make its ruling shortly on the petition filed by anti-government senators calling for the removal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra following accusations that she violated the constitution by appointing a member of the extended Shinawatra family to a vital security post. At the same time, anti-government protestors are returning to the streets after taking time out for Thai new year and whilst this political impasse goes on, separatist insurgency groups have stepped up their militant activity in the troubled South of the country.

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China-EU trade relations

April 9, 2014

Chinese leader Xi Jinping's recent first tour of Europe concluded with a speech in which he said that he had come to build a bridge across the Eurasian continent and reiterated China's desire for a free-trade deal with the EU. Whilst there has been some improvement in relations recently with agreement on trade disputes relating to solar panels and access to the telecommunications sector, in this podcast, Jonathan Friedman, Europe security and political risk analyst for Control Risks assesses the prospects for further agreements on trade.

About the presenter

Jonathan is the lead political analyst for the EU and Turkey at Control Risks, where he advises private clients on political, operational and security risks in the region.
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Mexico’s oil and gas reforms - implications for multinational business

April 2, 2014

In the latest podcast from Control Risks, Dwight Dyer, political and security risk analyst for Mexico comments on the country’s Oil and Gas reforms and their wider implications, assessing opportunities and risks in the sector for multinational corporations.

About Dwight Dyer

Dwight is a political scientist with broad experience in Mexico and Latin America. As a former Director of Intelligence Analysis for the Mexican National Security Agency, he has expert knowledge of the political, social and security risks in the country. At Control Risks he advises clients on how to manage and mitigate the risks inherent in Mexico, with specialist expertise in the mining and oil and gas sectors.
 

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Ukraine Crisis: The wider Geo-political implications.

March 28, 2014

As Ukraine continues to dominate the headlines, Control Risks’ Global Issues analyst, Jonathan Wood, takes a look at the wider geo-political issues surrounding the crisis.

About the presenter

Jonathan Wood leads Control Risks’ strategic analysis practice, which provides analysis and consultancy on global business risks. Jonathan’s substantive portfolio encompasses geopolitical risk, energy security, climate change, business integrity issues, and security, social and reputational risks.

Prior to joining Control Risks, Jonathan evaluated multilateral development bank procurement policies for consultancy Development Finance International, based outside of Washington, DC, and worked on defence sector integrity issues at anti-corruption organisation Transparency International UK in London. Jonathan also previously worked as a domestic policy analyst for leading US food security organisations based in Washington, DC, and Boston.
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RiskMap Podcast: Global business risks in the weeks ahead

March 28, 2014

In the coming weeks: A deal between Ukraine and the IMF, the prospects for European shale gas, Afghanistan to select Karzai's successor, and elections in Indonesia and India.

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Libya’s Political Paralysis

March 19, 2014

Last week saw the removal of Ali Zeidan as Libya's prime minister following a no confidence vote. In his 18 months as leader, the country has seen little progress made on implementing a new constitution, and an uptick in militancy. In this podcast, Geoffrey Howard, Control Risks lead analyst for Libya discusses what the future might hold for the country and for investors.

About the speaker
Geoffrey Howard is Control Risks lead analyst for Libya. Geoffrey has a broad range of experience working in Libya and North Africa with previous roles with a leading Arab trade representative body as well as a senior instructor where he was managing training programmes and economic development consultancy projects for leading Libyan financial institutions in Tripoli.

Geoffrey has a BA in Arabic from the University of Exeter and a distinction for his MSc degree in State, Society and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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RiskMap Podcast: Global business risks in the weeks ahead

March 14, 2014

In the coming weeks, China’s President Xi Xinping makes his first state visit to Europe, ASEAN nations discuss a code of conduct for the South China Sea, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas visits Washington amid a US push for diplomacy. This edition of the RiskMap Podcast examines what these events will mean for global businesses.

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RiskMap 2014: Colombia Outlook

March 7, 2014

2014 is shaping to be an interesting but highly complex year for Colombia, and for international investors looking at the country. With at least three major elections (legislative and presidential) and the continuing peace negotiations between the government the country’s biggest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), there is plenty potential for positive developments, but also for longer term political and security risk.

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RiskMap Podcast: Global business risks in the weeks ahead

February 28, 2014

The coming weeks will see China’s National People’s Congress convene to tackle economic questions and a tax dispute in India will continue to embroil multinational companies.

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Ukraine after Yanukovych

February 26, 2014

What has been the Russian response to the fall of former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych – is a military response credible?
How can Ukraine shore up its fragile economy – can the interim government rely on financial support from the IMF, EU or US?
What is the outlook for the country in the run-up to and following elections scheduled for 25 May?

In the latest Control Risks podcast, research director Charles Hecker and senior Ukraine analyst Steven Eke discuss these and other key issues arising from Viktor Yanukovych’s ousting last week.

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Trends in Maritime Terrorism in 2014

February 26, 2014

Sebastian Villyn, one of Control Risks maritime security analysts assesses current trends in maritime terrorism and highlights what he sees as the issues to look out for in the year ahead. 

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Iraq Elections: Outlook for 2014

February 25, 2014

After a very tense political year for Iraq, we look ahead to April's parliamentary elections and what the outcome of the polls might mean for the country's security environment.

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RiskMap Podcast: Global business risks in the weeks ahead

February 14, 2014

The coming weeks will see an election in Libya, trade talks between the United States and European Union, and a “Three Amigos” summit in North America tempered by Mexico’s energy reforms.

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India: 2014 Country Forecast

February 14, 2014

With a general election due by the end of May, could 2014 be a transformative year for India? Control Risks’ India analyst gives his outlook for the year ahead.

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