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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Ukraine: EU sanctions against Russia

November 19, 2014

The EU has failed to agree on a further round of sanctions against Russia, despite clear evidence of renewed Russian military supplies to rebels in the east of Ukraine. In this podcast, we look at the prospects for further sanctions, and the impact to date of the measures already imposed against Russia by the West in response to Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

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Catalan Elections

November 7, 2014

On Sunday 9th November the Catalans will finally have their say on independence. Or will they? David Lea, Control Risks Chief European Analyst unravels this latest piece of European separatism.

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RiskMap Podcast: Catalonia’s Separatists, APEC in Beijing, and Cheap Oil in Africa

November 7, 2014

In the coming weeks, Spain’s Catalonia region agitates for independence, world leaders meet in Beijing with an eye toward boosting economic ties, and oil-dependent economies in Africa feel the pressure of lower oil prices.

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RiskMap Podcast: Ebola’s Impact, Oil Prices Tank and Brazil Votes

October 24, 2014

In the coming weeks, global businesses will continue grappling with how the Ebola outbreak affects West Africa’s emerging markets, plummeting oil prices will bring joy to some and pain to others, and Brazilians’ choice of presidents will have major business implications.

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RiskMap Podcast: Slow Global Growth, Putin in Belgrade, Bolivia Votes

October 10, 2014

The World Bank and IMF convene amid gloomy global economic forecasts, Vladimir Putin commemorates the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Belgrade with an eye on Europe, and Evo Morales is poised to win a third term as Bolivia’s president.

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Preparing for Ebola

September 30, 2014

Dr. Robert Quigley of International SOS discusses how organizations should respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the likelihood that the disease will spread more globally and the importance of including infectious diseases in business continuity planning. 

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RiskMap Podcast: Modi Visits DC, Russia’s Oligarchs Bristle and Brazil Votes

September 26, 2014
In the coming weeks, the heads of the world’s two largest democracies meet in Washington, Russia’s business leaders react to the arrest of one of their own, and Brazilians head to the polls in a close presidential race. 
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RiskMap Podcast: Scotland’s Referendum, Xi Visits India and the UN Meets in New York

September 12, 2014

Scotland’s independence movement, once a fringe issue, poses big questions for businesses across Europe; Asia’s giants explore closer ties when Xi Jinping travels to India to visit Narendra Modi; and the UN General Assembly convenes without Vladimir Putin in attendance.

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