RiskMap Podcast: OPEC’s divisions, China’s new South America tack and Nigeria’s transition

May 22, 2015

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.


Sanctions Against Venezuela, Mr. Ghani Goes to Washington, and Scandal in Brazil

March 13, 2015

The coming weeks will see continued fallout from the US decision to impose sanctions against Venezuela in the midst of that country’s economic and social struggles; newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani makes his first visit to Washington where he will seek to prolong US support for his precarious government; and a scandal involving senior Brazilian politicians and the country’s oil company Petrobras underscore corruption risk in Brazil. Hosted by Charles Hecker and Michael Moran.


RiskMap Podcast: Lingering Questions in Greece, Venezuela’s Oil Woes

February 27, 2015

Negotiations between Greece and the Eurozone will continue in the coming weeks, following a short-term deal that did little to address Greece’s long-term economic outlook. Meanwhile, low oil prices have put Venezuela’s economy on the ropes, raising the risk of social unrest and fears of sovereign default.


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.


The Taper in Emerging Markets

December 20, 2013

Michael Moran, Control Risks Vice President for Global Risk Analysis, discusses how the US Federal Reserve’s decision to dial back economic stimulus could impact emerging markets.


RiskMap 2014: Brazil Outlook

December 10, 2013

Thomaz Favaro, Control Risks lead analyst for Brazil looks ahead to an extremely important year for the country with elections in October and the FIFA World Cup in June.


Nicaragua: Constitutional Reforms Proposal

December 6, 2013

Gavin Strong, Control Risks’ analyst for Mexico and Central America, discuss the constitutional reform package recently presented by President Daniel Ortega and the ruling Sandinista party in Nicaragua.


Mexico Briefing October 2013

November 11, 2013

Gavin Strong and Dwight Dyer, Control Risks’ political and security risk analysts for Mexico provide a brief overview of our latest edition of the Mexico Briefing. In this edition they discuss the on-going police reform programme and analyse the corruption that affects public-sector contracting practices, in light of the recent effects across Mexico following hurricane Manuel and tropical storm Ingrid.


Mexico Briefing

October 8, 2013

Dwight Dyer and Gavin Strong, Control Risks’ political and security risk analysts for Mexico provide a brief overview of our latest edition of the Mexico Briefing. This podcast covers the CNTE protests against the education system reforms proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto, and their wider implications. And analysis of the current security environment in Mexico City and the increasing incidence of organized crime-related violence.


Syria: G8 Stalemate

June 21, 2013

Following the recent G8 summit, Steven Eke, Senior Analyst for Russia at Control Risks, looks at the status of relationships between US and Russia following talks over Syria.  


Colombia Peace Talks

May 9, 2013

Since late last year the Colombian government and the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia, Farc, have been engaged in peace talks in the Cuban capital Havana. Oliver Wack, Control Risks analyst for Colombia explains where we are with the peace talks and what the progress has been in recent months.


Prospects for foreign investment in Venezuela

April 12, 2013

Nicholas Watson, Head of Research for the Americas at Control Risks, discusses the prospects for foreign investment in Venezuela following the forthcoming presidential election.