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

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.


The kidnap and security threat in Syria

February 20, 2018

The Syria conflict is in a new phase following the territorial collapse of IS and the consolidation of the government’s position and territorial advantage. The level of damage to almost every type of infrastructure and commercial operation is huge. Inevitably, companies from across the world are looking at opportunities for working in Syria, but this is not something to be undertaken lightly.

Conflicting governance structures, economic collapse, damaged or destroyed infrastructure, and wide-ranging sanctions make operating in the country extremely challenging. The threat from kidnap-for-ransom will remain extreme in some areas, contributing to a complex and changing security environment.

There is also significant reputational risk and indeed moral hazard associated with investing in a country where numerous and well-publicised human rights abuses have been perpetrated by stakeholders and their associates on all sides.

Podcast contents:

  • Islamic State has lost over 90% of the territory it used to control in Syria in mid-2014. Does this translate into a decrease in the kidnap-for-ransom threat?
  • What does the kidnap-for-ransom threat mean for organisations and companies seeking to operate in Syria?
  • Beyond kidnap-for-ransom, what is the general security situation?
  • Outside the security issues, what else should organisations be considering if they want to operate in Syria?


  • Tania Ildefonso, Special Risks Analyst, Middle East and Asia
  • Andrew Freeman, Associate Analyst, Middle East and North Africa

RiskMap Podcast: The corporate security agenda for 2018

December 1, 2017

The RiskMap Podcast - A conversation about what's happening in the world and what it means for global business. 

In this special edition:

  • Jonny Gray, Senior Partner at Control Risks, provides an update from the recent Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) meeting in Washington, and discusses what is front of mind for global security managers as they wrap up a chaotic year in the world of risk. 



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Clinton still leads after final debate, what’s in store now?

October 21, 2016

The final debate between the US presidential candidates has not changed the likely result, but as Michael Moran reflects in this podcast, the lame duck period, a Clinton presidency and the recasting of American politics are all to come.


Privatisation in Russia

August 1, 2016

Russia’s government has been mulling over the idea of privatising some of its key enterprises. Hannah Lilley speaks to Nafez Zouk, Economist at Oxford Economics about why this is happening now, and its effects on business.


Turkey coup attempt – impact on business

July 25, 2016

Following the attempted coup in Turkey on 15 July, how will business be affected? What risks do organisations need to watch out for now that a state of emergency has been declared?

Control Risks' Turkey experts Ali Sokmen and Cagdas Cataltas discuss.


RiskMap Podcast: The NATO summit, Myanmar, and the US perspective on Brexit

July 8, 2016

In this edition we discuss the issues facing NATO amid increasing geopolitical uncertainty, the political and economic outlook for Myanmar, and the United States' perspective on Brexit. 


The Nagorno-Karabakh dispute flares up again

April 19, 2016

Low-scale conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh has persisted since the 1994 ceasefire. A flare-up at the beginning of April again focussed attention on the issue, but this time, regional tensions are higher and Azerbaijan has become a significant transit point for oil and gas.  Control Risks’ Global Research Director Charles Hecker talks to Anna Walker, Associate Director for Europe.


Turkey – Security Outlook

March 17, 2016

In this Control Risks podcast, David Lea and Ali Sokmen discuss the security outlook for Turkey following a recent increase in terrorist attacks.


The evolving DDoS landscape

March 14, 2016

In this podcast from Control Risks Cyber Security Services, Oliver Robinson examines the evolution of Distributed Denial of Service attacks and what organisations need to look out for in 2016.


RiskMap Podcast: Bolivia’s referendum, Afghan peace talks and refugees in Jordan

February 22, 2016

A referendum on President Morales in Bolivia,  a new round of Afghan peace talks and Jordan’s King Abdullah visits Washington.


Political, social and regulatory risks

February 12, 2016

Understanding the political and social context of an urbanisation project and the regulatory framework is central to its success in the short and long term.


Geostrategy and the Syrian conflict

December 13, 2015

In this podcast, Gala Riani, Head of Analysis for the Middle East and North Africa leads a discussion on how the foreign powers fighting directly or by proxy in Syria’s civil war may act in 2016.