Political change in Mexico and the impact on kidnap and extortive crime

November 22, 2018

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will become president of Mexico on 1 December, having campaigned on a platform of tackling violence and organised criminal activity. As well as a historically high murder rate, Mexico struggles with one of the highest kidnap rates in the world. In this Control Risks podcast we discuss whether pledges and polices to tackle crime will see a reduction in the levels of kidnap.

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Cambio político en México e impacto en tendencias de secuestro extorsivo

November 22, 2018

Andrés Manuel López Obrador se convertirá en presidente de México el 1 de diciembre, después de una campaña política basada en lidiar con la violencia y el crimen organizado en el país. Así como como una tasa de asesinatos históricamente alta, México lucha contra una de las tasas de secuestro más altas del mundo. En este podcast de Control Risks, exploramos si las promesas y las políticas para hacer frente a la delincuencia se traducirán en una reducción en los niveles de secuestro.

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Election preview: Brazil at a turning point

October 24, 2018

In this Control Risks podcast we hear from Thomaz Favaro, the firm's lead political risk analyst for Brazil and the Southern Cone.

As Brazil slowly recovers from an economic recession and a series of high profile corruption scandals, voters head to the polls on Sunday in what will be the country's most significant presidential election in recent history. Thomaz dials in from São Paulo to discuss the outlook for Brazil and what the final round vote will mean for the business environment. 

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Kidnap risk increases in Cameroon

August 17, 2018

Secessionist groups in the anglophone regions of Cameroon have conducted a growing number of attacks on security forces since the last quarter of 2017. These come on top of a series of protests and strikes since 2016 related to perceived marginalisation by the government of President Paul Biya. The emergence of kidnapping as a secessionist tactic should be of concern to foreign businesses.

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A landmark election in Mexico

June 27, 2018

In this Control Risks podcast we hear from Eduardo Arcos, one of the firm's political risk analysts covering Mexico.

Mexican voters head to the polls on July 1 in what will be a watershed election for the country during a critical political and economic juncture. Eduardo dials in from Mexico City to discuss the outlook for Sunday's vote and what investors should really expect from the likely victory of leftist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO). 

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Colombia’s pivotal election

June 14, 2018

In this Control Risks podcast we hear from Sergio Guzmán, the firm's lead political risk analyst for Colombia.

As the country gears up for its most pivotal presidential election in decades–the first since the controversial peace deal between the government and the FARC–Sergio dials in from Bogotá to share his pre-election analysis of the race between conservative Ivan Duque and leftist Gustavo Petro, and tells us what investors can expect from the upcoming vote. 

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Virtual kidnapping in the United States

May 21, 2018

Virtual kidnapping is a crime which is traditionally or even principally associated with Latin America. But it is also very common in the US. However, despite how common it is and how much local coverage incidents get, most people still don’t know about virtual kidnapping, and so it continues to thrive. This is partly because virtual kidnapping it isn’t reported on at a national level by large media outlets.

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Maritime hijacks increase in Gulf of Guinea

March 13, 2018

Why are maritime hijacks increasing in the Gulf of Guinea and how can maritime operators mitigate the threat?

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The kidnap and security threat in Syria

February 20, 2018

The Syria conflict is in a new phase following the territorial collapse of IS and the consolidation of the government’s position and territorial advantage. The level of damage to almost every type of infrastructure and commercial operation is huge. Inevitably, companies from across the world are looking at opportunities for working in Syria, but this is not something to be undertaken lightly.

Conflicting governance structures, economic collapse, damaged or destroyed infrastructure, and wide-ranging sanctions make operating in the country extremely challenging. The threat from kidnap-for-ransom will remain extreme in some areas, contributing to a complex and changing security environment.

There is also significant reputational risk and indeed moral hazard associated with investing in a country where numerous and well-publicised human rights abuses have been perpetrated by stakeholders and their associates on all sides.

Podcast contents:

  • Islamic State has lost over 90% of the territory it used to control in Syria in mid-2014. Does this translate into a decrease in the kidnap-for-ransom threat?
  • What does the kidnap-for-ransom threat mean for organisations and companies seeking to operate in Syria?
  • Beyond kidnap-for-ransom, what is the general security situation?
  • Outside the security issues, what else should organisations be considering if they want to operate in Syria?

Authors:

  • Tania Ildefonso, Special Risks Analyst, Middle East and Asia
  • Andrew Freeman, Associate Analyst, Middle East and North Africa
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RiskMap Podcast: The corporate security agenda for 2018

December 1, 2017

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

In this special edition:

  • Jonny Gray, Senior Partner at Control Risks, provides an update from the recent Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) meeting in Washington, and discusses what is front of mind for global security managers as they wrap up a chaotic year in the world of risk. 

 

 

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Host: Charles Hecker

Executive Producer: Julia Livick 

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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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