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US Iran tensions to play out in cyber, kidnap and maritime domains

US Iran tensions to play out in cyber, kidnap and maritime domains

February 17, 2020

The killing of Qasem Soleimani by the US in January will not likely lead to open war with Iran. But the death of the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps’ elite Qods Force and arguably Iran’s second most powerful man will not go unanswered. In this podcast we bring together four of Control Risks’ leading analysts to discuss the key domains in which the Iran US conflict will play out.

The people in the data: How human behaviour can enhance or compromise data collection

The people in the data: How human behaviour can enhance or compromise data collection

January 29, 2020

The human factor in data collection during complex investigations can be problematic. The data is only as good as the source, and can by open to manipulation. Our expert discusses his experiences in the field.

Episode 6 - Cyber threats to supply chains

Episode 6 - Cyber threats to supply chains

January 10, 2020

In this edition of the Control Risks Podcast, Federico Saleri spoke with Felix Manig about cyber threats to supply chains, and how businesses and organisations of any size and in any sector are likely to be affected by cyber attacks.

Episode 5 - Another side to the Venezuela crisis: the impact on kidnap-for-ransom in Latin America

Episode 5 - Another side to the Venezuela crisis: the impact on kidnap-for-ransom in Latin America

December 2, 2019

Since Nicolas Maduro began his controversial second presidential term in January 2019 a political, economic and humanitarian crisis has engulfed Venezuela. Nearly a year on, the business climate continues to deteriorate. Control Risks’ Senior Analyst Emily Knowles joins us to discuss the impact of the crisis on kidnap-for-ransom in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Episode 4 - Insecurity in Sahel set to worsen in coming years

Episode 4 - Insecurity in Sahel set to worsen in coming years

November 25, 2019

In this edition of the Control Risks Podcast, Federico Saleri spoke with Vincent Rouget and Oulimata Soumaré on the rise in attacks by Islamist militants in the Sahel region of West Africa, and how this will impact operations in the area.

CORE In Focus: Episode 3 - Global terrorism outlook following Islamic State’s appointment of a new leader

CORE In Focus: Episode 3 - Global terrorism outlook following Islamic State’s appointment of a new leader

November 5, 2019

In our latest episode, Federico Saleri speaks to Global Issues analyst Joseph Smith about the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the appointment of his successor, and the implications for global terrorism.

CORE In Focus: Episode 2 - Maritime Security - geo-politics and the price of shipping

CORE In Focus: Episode 2 - Maritime Security - geo-politics and the price of shipping

October 28, 2019

In this week’s episode of CORE In Focus, Federico Saleri spoke with Victoria Mitchell and Cormac McGarry to discuss the impact of current geo-political tensions and sanctions on tanker freight rates, and what businesses should do to make sense of the exposure they face.

CORE In Focus: Episode 1 - Egypt’s security environment - an outlook for unrest and terrorism

CORE In Focus: Episode 1 - Egypt’s security environment - an outlook for unrest and terrorism

October 15, 2019

In our first episode of CORE In Focus, Andrew Freeman and Federico Saleri discuss what's next for businesses operating in Egypt in the coming month following protests in Cairo and ongoing attacks by local and IS militants.

A persistent threat: trends in South Africa’s kidnap-for-ransom and extortion landscape

A persistent threat: trends in South Africa’s kidnap-for-ransom and extortion landscape

September 25, 2019

Kidnap and extortion have long been a feature of South Africa's challenging criminal environment. Some recent high-profile kidnap cases have pushed the issue up the corporate security agenda. In this podcast, Control Risks special risks analyst, Sebastian Boe discussses the current state of play.

Change of tactics in virtual kidnapping

Change of tactics in virtual kidnapping

May 28, 2019

The two distinct arcs of virtual kidnapping in the Americas and East Asia have changed. The perpetrators have started to evolve not only their tactics but who they target. Control Risks’ Associate Director of Special Risk Analysis, Nicola White elaborates on these changes and the impact of the crime.

India’s kidnap for ransom risk rises on the back of a growing middle class

India’s kidnap for ransom risk rises on the back of a growing middle class

February 26, 2019

Control Risks data shows that the Indian states with the greatest levels of investment have seen the sharpest increases in financially motivated kidnap. In this podcast, Tania Ildefonso and Hemant Shivakumar explore the relationship between politics, economics and the risk of kidnap for both Indian nationals and expatriates.

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

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.

Cambio político en México e impacto en tendencias de secuestro extorsivo

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.

Election preview: Brazil at a turning point

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. 

Kidnap risk increases in Cameroon

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.