Pakistan: A second surrender to extremists

Date first published: 13/11/2018 Key sectors: all Key risks: civil unrest; political violence; political stability Mass religious protests led by Cleric Khadim Hussain Rizvi ground Pakistan’s major cities to a halt. The government initially refused to back down, but within days found itself surrendering to extremists’ demands. The opposition attacked the government for its response...

Ones to Watch, 19 November 2018

Americas: Austerity 2019 budget approved in Argentina; risk of unrest, attacks ahead of G20 Sectors: all Key Risks: civil unrest; terrorism; governability In Argentina, the Senate approved the 2019 austerity budget by 45 to 24 votes on 15 November in a political victory for President Mauricio Macri’s government. The approval came three days after...

Sri Lanka: Crisis in Colombo

Date first published: 6/11/2018 Key sectors: all Key risks: political instability; debt; investor confidence On 26 October, President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former authoritarian strongman accused of nepotism, corruption and human rights violations. The move, which Wickremesinghe argues was unconstitutional, set into motion...

Ones to Watch, 12 November 2018

Americas: ELN steps-up attacks in Colombia as prospects for peace talks resumption wane Sectors: oil and gas; electricity; security force/government assets Key Risks: terrorism; targeted attacks; armed clashes; kidnapping In Colombia, the leftist ELN guerrillas reportedly carried out several attacks in the northern Cesar department on 10 November. Five civilians were injured when forced...

Ones to Watch, 5 November 2018

Americas: US midterm elections on 6 November Sectors: all Key Risks: split government; protests; political inertia; impeachment Voters in the United States take part in nationwide elections on 6 November, during which the entire US House of Representatives is up for re-election, as are 35 of 100 Senate seats, although some could see a...