RiskMap Podcast: The ousting of Park Geun-hye, US-Mexico relations and doing business in Mali

March 13, 2017

In this edition of the RiskMap Podcast, hosted by Charles Hecker and Angela Mancini, we discuss what lies ahead for South Korea now that Park Geun-hye has been  ousted as president. Also: behind the bluster, what’s happening in US Mexico relations, and how’s business in Africa’s second largest gold producer?


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: European political risk, civil unrest in Chad, and a controversial presidential race in Peru

April 1, 2016

In our look ahead at the coming two weeks in the global business landscape, we discuss political risk in Europe and the troubled presidential elections in Chad and Peru.


RiskMap Podcast: Obama’s Cuba visit, Congolese presidential elections, and a potential peace deal in Colombia

March 18, 2016

In this edition of the RiskMap podcast we discuss Cuban-American relations in light of President Obama's historic visit to Havana, Presidential elections in Congo-Brazzaville, and the impending peace deal that could soon end the decades-old civil war in Colombia.  


Africa and the commodities slow down

December 13, 2015

In this RiskMap 2016 podcast, a selection of Control Risks Africa analysts discuss what effect the chill in the commodities markets will have on the export-dependent nations of Africa.


Pinning down Al Shabaab

July 21, 2015

Kenya's Westgate shopping mall has reopened nearly two years after an attack by Somali militant group al Shabaab.  Kenya now says it has al Shabaab on the run, but is the threat misunderstood?


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.


Westgate to Garissa… the future of militant extremism in East Africa

July 9, 2015

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


The China Story in 2015: The view from Africa

February 17, 2015

China has played a major role in Africa’s growth story over the past decade. Now that the Chinese economy is rebalancing and GDP growth is slowing, how will that affect Africa’s prospects?


RiskMap Podcast: Nigeria’s Election and the View From Asia

February 3, 2015

The final two weeks of Nigeria’s election bring considerable uncertainty to Africa’s largest economy. Meanwhile, Asian investors look abroad for opportunities, focusing on Africa, the Middle East and Indonesia. Hosted by Michael Moran and Charles Hecker.


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.


Nelson Mandela death: South Africa risk forecast

December 6, 2013

The death of Nelson Mandela has ushered in a period of mourning and reflection in South Africa. In this podcast Simiso Velempini assesses what will be the implications of his death and takes stock of the business environment in South Africa ahead of next year’s elections.


Al-Shabab: Capabilities, Aims and Implications

October 16, 2013

In the latest podcast from Control Risks, Paul Gabriel, our analyst for Somalia and Kenya assesses the fallout from the Westgate attack, looking at the threat al-Shabab poses across East Africa.


PDP Crisis – Instability in Nigeria?

September 25, 2013

After three years as President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan is now facing perhaps the biggest challenge to his leadership with a number of prominent politicians earlier this month quitting the PDP to form a new breakaway party. In this podcast, Roddy Barclay and Thomas Hansen, political and security risk analysts for Nigeria discuss the short and medium term implications for stability in Nigeria.