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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NATO’s Tense Summit

September 1, 2014

The first NATO summit since the Ukraine crisis began comes at a time when NATO nations are divided about how forcefully to resist Russian aggression. Control Risks’ Europe Analyst Cvete Koneska explains the alliance must strike a balance; assuaging the fears of its central and eastern European members without escalating tensions with Moscow.

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RiskMap Podcast: End of Summer Edition

August 29, 2014

As summer draws to a close, this special edition of the podcast looks at major events on the horizon, from the challenges of global governance on display at NATO, G-20 and United Nations summits to the strains that slowed economic growth will have on national politics in Brazil, Japan and the United States.

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RiskMap Podcast: Ebola outbreak, India’s privatisation programme and the American midterm election campaign

August 15, 2014

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, India’s nascent privatisation programme and the kickoff of the American midterm election campaign headline our survey of global risk for late August 2014 in the latest edition of RiskMap Podcast from Control Risks.

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Mongolia: Investment landscape

August 14, 2014

Anna Walker, Head of Europe Analysis at Control Risks looks at the current investment situation in Mongolia following the introduction recently of some more investor-friendly legislation.

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