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United Kingdom: Attempt to stabilise Westminster destabilises Northern Ireland

Date first published: 13/06/2017 Key sectors: all Key risks: political stability A formal agreement that involves Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) supporting a minority government in Westminster may sound the death knell for the Good Friday Agreement. The pact was already under threat as Sinn Fein, Northern Ireland’s largest republican party, and the DUP, its largest…

Hostile environment training - journalist security - risk assessment for journalists

AKE Special Report: Journalist Security in Hostile Environments

Journalist security in hostile environments Journalists travelling to hostile regions to cover conflict and humanitarian crises, or to expose corruption and human rights violations, face a myriad of threats. Not only must they consider numerous logistical issues and medical risks, but increasingly must prepare for the threats of intimidation, harassment and violence. Indeed in 2017…

AKE's Ones to Watch are selected by our regional experts to highlight the most important developments from around the world each week

AKE Ones to Watch: 19 June 2017

Americas: US partially rolls back policy changes towards Cuba Sectors: all Key Risks: economic; reduced foreign investment A new chapter in Cuba-US bilateral relations is set develop from this week onwards following US President Donald Trump’s decision to partially roll back policy changes towards the island implemented by the Obama administration. On 16 June Trump…

Cuba: A frontier economy in crisis

Date first published: 08/06/2017 Key risks: slow growth; sovereign payment Key sectors: tourism; agriculture 1950’s Havana was a city of giant casinos, run by mobsters like Lucky Luciano and Meyer Lansky, and attracted the biggest stars of the age – from Frank Sinatra, to Ava Gardener, to JFK. Cuba was a major agricultural exporter, notably sugar cane…

AKE Ones to Watch: 12 June 2017

Americas: Temer survives key threat to his presidency; more to come Sectors: all Key Risks: political instability; civil unrest; corruption fallout On 9 June in Brazil, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) voted 4-3 to acquit President Michel Temer and former president Dilma Rousseff of charges of illegally financing their 2014 campaign in a trial that…