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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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.

Zimbabwe Outlook

Zimbabwe Outlook

August 8, 2013

In this podcast, Simiso Velempini Control Risks’ political and security risk analyst for Zimbabwe assesses the immediate and longer term implications of Robert Mugabe’s contentious, but convincing victory in the country’s recent elections.

North Africa - Troubled Transition

North Africa - Troubled Transition

July 25, 2013

Following the recent troubles in Egypt and the prospect of further unrest in Tunisia, in this podcast, Control Risks analysts discuss the outlook for North Africa and in particular, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia.

Egypt referendum: What we’ve learnt so far

Egypt referendum: What we’ve learnt so far

December 18, 2012

Following the first round of the referendum in Egypt, Henry Smith, North Africa Analyst at Control Risks discusses what we've learnt so far.

RiskMap 2013: Middle East and North Africa Forecast

RiskMap 2013: Middle East and North Africa Forecast

December 14, 2012

Gala Riani, head of Control Risks' team of Middle East analysts gives a forecast of key developments in the region over the next year.

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