Americas

  • The world’s policeman: U.S. foreign policy under Rex Tillerson

    April 28, 2017

    Introduction

    U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to the Russian capital Moscow on 12 April to a frosty reception. Throughout President Donald J. Trump’s election campaign, Trump had promised to normalise relations with Russia, and indeed in the early days of the presidency it seemed that Russia would be one of the major beneficiaries of a Trump presidency. The choice ...

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  • Constitutional crisis in Paraguay

    April 11, 2017

    Riot police

    Backroom political manoeuvring of questionable-at-best legality has struck deep in Paraguayan political consciousness, bringing outraged protestors to the streets and setting off major rioting.

    Background

    Although Paraguay is open to investors, its political system is notably closed to those outside the governing Asociación Nacional Republicana – Partido Colorado (‘National Republican Association ...

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  • Situation report: Unrest in French Guiana

    April 3, 2017

    French Guiana is undergoing major unrest, bringing transport and commerce to a virtual standstill.

    Background

    French Guiana is an overseas department and administrative region of France located on the north-eastern coast of South America. It is the only portion of mainland South America that has not attained independence from a colonial European power. The socio-economic indicators of the department contrast ...

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  • Case study: Reputational risk and Brazilian beef

    April 3, 2017

    An emerging scandal that has dramatically affected Brazilian meat producers serves as an example of hazards posed by sector-wide reputational risk.

    Background

    Brazil produces over 15 per cent of the world’s beef, second only to the United States and more than the entire European Union combined. It is also the third largest producer of poultry and the main base of ...

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  • Situation report: Political risks in South America’s lithium triangle

    March 2, 2017

    South America’s ‘lithium triangle’, which straddles the tri-border region between Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile, is seeing a rush of new development activity. Political risks, however, are many, and they vary on each side of the border

    Overview

    With lithium-ion batteries powering mobile phones, laptops and now electric cars, lithium has long attracted the attention of investors looking for sectors with ...

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