- April 28, 2017
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 ...Read more
- April 11, 2017
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.
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 ...Read more
- April 3, 2017
French Guiana is undergoing major unrest, bringing transport and commerce to a virtual standstill.
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 ...Read more
- 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.
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 ...Read more
- 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
With lithium-ion batteries powering mobile phones, laptops and now electric cars, lithium has long attracted the attention of investors looking for sectors with ...Read more