Argentina: Primary concerns

Key sectors: all Key risks: policy continuity; political instability; currency volatility; non-payment The 11 August primary elections dramatically exacerbated Argentina’s economic and financial concerns. The defeat of centre-right President Mauricio Macri against leftist opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez, a veteran Peronist whose running mate is former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (CFK), was somewhat expected. The stunning...

Kyrgyzstan: An elite fallout in Bishkek

Key sectors: all Key risks: civil unrest; political violence; political stability It took two dramatic raids in order to detain ex-president Almazbek Atambayev. Although his arrest on 8 August had been on the cards for the past year, Atambayev resisted fiercely, first seeking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s protection in Moscow, and then mounting an...

AKE Special Report – Hong Kong Security Brief

AKE’s Special Report examines the security environment in Hong Kong SAR after several weeks of violent protests triggered by a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China. The unrest has now morphed into a decentralised anti-government and pro-democracy movement. Protester tactics and the security force response have both escalated in...

Russia: Moscow’s summer of rage

Key sectors: all Key risks: civil unrest; political violence; political stability As Moscow’s summer of 2018 is remembered for the exuberant FIFA World Cup festivities that lit up the capital, the summer of 2019 will be remembered as the ‘summer of rage’ due to the largest protests the city has seen since 2011, and...