Virtual kidnapping in the United States

May 21, 2018

Virtual kidnapping is a crime which is traditionally or even principally associated with Latin America. But it is also very common in the US. However, despite how common it is and how much local coverage incidents get, most people still don’t know about virtual kidnapping, and so it continues to thrive. This is partly because virtual kidnapping it isn’t reported on at a national level by large media outlets.


RiskMap Podcast: Building a Dubai in Africa; the future of US-EU security cooperation; Brazil & Argentina opening to trade

February 25, 2017

In this edition of the RiskMap podcast, hosted by Charles Hecker and Maria Knapp, we discuss the African countries who are vying to build the continent’s first Dubai-like megahub; US-EU and NATO relations in the wake of the Munich Security Conference; and the outlook for Brazil and Argentina as they liberalize their economies. 


RiskMap Podcast: How global companies will respond to uncertainty in 2017; The outlook for the Philippines; US-Russia relations

January 30, 2017

In this edition of the RiskMap Podcast, hosted by Charles Hecker and Jean Devlin, we discuss the three strategic options companies are taking in response to a time of global uncertainty; the outlook for The Philippines under controversial president Rodrigo Duterte; and how US-Russia relations are likely to play out in the coming year.


A US China trade war?

January 26, 2017

What are the prospects of US President Donald Trump’s tough talk on China turning into a trade war?


A Trump presidency and Saudi Arabia (Arabic language)

December 14, 2016

How will US President-elect Donald Trump deal with Saudi Arabia once he enters the White House? How will the long standing relationship between the US and Saudi Arabia be affected and how does the Kingdom view the prospect of President Donald Trump?


US Elections Preview

July 14, 2016
As the major political parties in the United States gear up for their nominating conventions, our lead US analyst, Michael Moran, takes a look at where the presidential race stands and what is at stake in the November 8th election. 

RiskMap Podcast: Aviation security and terrorism, India-US relations, and crisis in Venezuela

May 27, 2016

In our look ahead at the coming two weeks in the global business landscape, we discuss the economic and political crisis rocking Venezuela, the issue of aviation security and global terrorism, and India-US relations in light of Prime Minister Modi's visit to Washington. 


A testing time for US Saudi relations

April 29, 2016

After President Barack Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia, Control Risks head of analysis for the Middle East, Gala Riani, discusses the state of relations between the United States and Saudi Arabia with Michael Moran in New York and Graham Griffiths in Dubai.


RiskMap Podcast: Anti-corruption prosecutions, Crimea and US-Canada relations

March 7, 2016

US and UK authorities step up anti-corruption prosecution; Crimea after two years of Russian rule; Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau visits Washington DC.


RiskMap Podcast: More pressure on Schengen; Nigeria’s currency woes and the start of the US primaries

January 22, 2016

In this edition we discuss Europe’s scrapping  of the “first nation” asylum rule, Nigeria’s increasingly pressured currency and the imminent start of primary elections in the United States.


RiskMap Podcast: Netanyahu goes to Moscow, the US government faces a shutdown and Modi visits Seattle

September 25, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, visits Moscow amid concern over Russian military deployments in Syria; could the US government be facing another shutdown and what does Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, hope to get out of visiting Seattle?


RiskMap Podcast: Managing Markets in China and the US, Europe’s Migrant Dilemma

August 28, 2015

With Chinese officials struggling to rein in the country’s economy after a week of extreme market volatility, the US Federal Reserve weighs a long-anticipated decision to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade. Meanwhile, the European Union’s struggles with migration exposes rifts within the bloc. Hosted by Charles Hecker and Michael Moran.


RiskMap Podcast: Trans-Pacific trade and US-Africa ties

July 17, 2015

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.


RiskMap Podcast: Ukraine back from the brink, Sri Lanka’s India pivot, and US budget battles

February 13, 2015

A new ceasefire in Ukraine has little hope of sticking, Sri Lanka’s new president visits Delhi, and what businesses should watch for in the coming US budget debate. Hosted by Charles Hecker and Michael Moran.


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.