Ones to Watch: 20 July 2016

Americas: Security in Rio; unrest in Argentina; and Colombian truckers’ strike In Brazil heightened security measures should be expected over the coming weeks as the 5-21 August Olympic Games taking place in Rio de Janeiro approach. Concerns over security in the lead up to and during the Games have recently increased. On 15 July the…

Ones to Watch: 14 July 2016

Americas In Chile, student-led opposition to the government’s education reform is expected to continue to fuel unrest at least over the coming weeks, with a potential for associated violence and collateral material damage. Thousands of students demonstrated on 5 and 10 July in the capital Santiago and other urban centres to reject the education reform…

Ones to Watch: 6 July 2016

Americas: Puerto Rico defaults; teacher protests in Mexico; security issues at the Olympics On 1 July Puerto Rico defaulted on US$911m of bond payments, paying roughly half of the US$2bln of debt due on 1 July. The biggest missed payment was for US$780m of general-obligation bonds, which marked the island’s first default on its constitutionally guaranteed debt. Legislation…

Ones to Watch: 19 September 2016

Americas: Mexico City to face unrest during students’ disappearance second anniversary Sectors: all Key Risks: civil unrest, traffic disruption, exposure to incidental violence In Mexico, demonstrations have been scheduled for 26 September in the capital Mexico City to mark the second anniversary of the controversial disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero state. Associated unrest…

Special Report: Terrorist Threat in West Africa

  Following French military intervention in Mali in 2013, terrorist attacks in West Africa have escalated in retaliation. The risk to French assets is further heightened due the likely French response, at home and abroad, to recent attacks in Paris and Nice. There is a high threat from terrorism and kidnap aimed at Western targets,…