And so it begins

Date first published: 08/08/2017 Key sectors:all Key risks:violent unrest; looting; deadly clashes; internal conflict Few remain reluctant to acknowledge that Venezuela is currently run by a dictator. The ‘election’ on 30 July of the National Constituent Assembly (ANC), the country’s supreme power in charge of rewriting the constitution, marked the end of what was left of…

Ones to Watch: 14 August 2017

Americas: Former Pemex director allegedly involved in Odebrecht corruption scandal Sectors: oil and gas; construction Key Risks: corruption fallout; reputational risks  In Mexico, the Attorney General stated on 13 August that the alleged involvement of former Pemex director Emilio Lozoya in the Odebrecht corruption scandal would be investigated to its final consequences. Lozoya denied Brazilian media reports that he…

Pakistan: A dramatic change that changes little

Date first published: 01/08/2017 Key sectors:all Key risks:political instability, economic risks, security risks After years of battling the influence of Pakistan’s powerful military, a popular prime minister was dismissed from office. The dismissal came after accusations of corruption, money laundering, nepotism and acts ”in contravention of the Constitution”. The leader of the opposition claimed justice was…

AKE Ones to Watch: 7 August 2017

Americas: Macri’s first election test looms Sectors: all Key Risks: policy continuity; political stability In Argentina, the policies of President Mauricio Macri will face the first, albeit far from definitive, test in the 13 August nationwide legislative primary elections, which are compulsory and will serve as an indication of the potential results of the 22…

Japan: Security in the South China Sea

Date first published: 25/07/2017 Key sectors: maritime; oil; gas Key risks: war Between 10-17 July the navies of the United States (US), India and Japan took part in the annual ‘Malabar’ exercise in the Bay of Bengal, a series of war games aimed at improving coordination and sharing best practice. Japan is a recent addition to the exercise…