The coming weeks will see continued volatility in China’s stock market, potentially sowing the seeds of political challenges for the Communist Party. In Malaysia, political challenges have turned into full-blown crisis as Prime Minister fights for his political life amid an embezzlement scandal. Meanwhile Poland prepares for the presidency of Andrzej Duda, the anti-establishment candidate who upset incumbent Bronisław Komorowski in last May’s election. Hosted by Charles Hecker and Claudine Fry.
The coming weeks will see trade ministers convene in Hawaii for renewed talks on the proposed Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership, as well as major developments in US-African relationships—the arrival of newly elected Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Washington, and a subsequent trip by Barack Obama to Kenya and Ethiopia. Hosted by Angela Mancini and Jonathan Wood.
With no successful terrorist attack in Nairobi and Mombasa since May 2014 and al-Shabab being on the back foot in Somalia, it is understandable that some have been quick to dismiss the group. However, measuring the state of al-Shabab by the size of territory under its control or the number of foreign militants is misleading. Rather than signs of terminal decline, changes in al-Shabab’s operating pattern are a potential source of future strength.
Paul Gabriel, East Africa Analyst
India boasts the swiftest economic growth of any BRICS nation ahead of the BRICS summit in Russia, yet the story may be too good to be true; recent terrorist attacks forebode an elevated threat; and pondering Europe without Greece. Hosted by Charles Hecker and Michael Moran.
The built environment and critical infrastructure have long been subject to a range of threats and hazards - from anti-social behaviour and general criminality, through to sabotage, terrorism and natural hazards.
Mark Whyte, Senior Managing Director, discusses the security risks to the built environment and critical infrastructure as well as the mitigation strategies that can be applied to help secure these valuable, and often vulnerable assets.
RiskMap Podcast: Dilma Rousseff visits Washington, Mali’s peace process and the EU Heads of Government Summit
In the coming weeks Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff tries to mend ties with the US, Mali’s rebel groups may sign a peace accord and the EU heads of government will discuss security and the economy.
In the coming weeks, Mexico’s holds midterm elections with implications for the country’s reform agenda, leaders of the G7 nations meet in Germany, and a new free trade zone takes shape in Africa. Hosted by Charles Hecker and Michael Moran.
As Turkey prepares to vote in a general election on Sunday, this Control Risks podcast looks at the possible outcomes and the implications for doing business in this key regional power.
About the presenters
Cagdas Cataltas is a Senior Consultant in Control Risks' Compliance, Intelligence, Investigations & Technologies (CIIT) practice.
Ali Sokmen is an Associate Analyst in Control Risks' Global Risk Analysis department.
In the coming weeks, OPEC nations will meet to discuss production levels amid still-low oil prices, China’s premier travels to South America to forge ties that go beyond his country’s traditional partnerships, and Nigerian President-Elect, Muhammadu Buhari takes the reins of Africa’s largest economy. Hosted by Charles Hecker and Michael Moran.
In the coming weeks, the leaders of GCC nations visit Washington, where the discussion will touch on crises in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen. Angela Merkel visit Vladimir Putin in Moscow in an attempt to salvage the peace process in Ukraine—against a backdrop of worsening violence and European angst over sanctions. Meanwhile in Egypt, verdicts in two cases against deposed President Mohamed Morsi are due, though Egypt’s own trials seem likely to persist. Hosted by Charles Hecker and Michael Moran.
The governing Conservative party has secured an unexpected majority in the UK general election. The result came after polls predicted a close race with the opposition Labour party. Control Risks’ Senior Analyst, Europe, David Lea looks at the outcome.