Ones to Watch: 5 June 2017

  Americas: FARC disarmament could be further delayed; peace process unlikely to be derailed Sectors: all Key Risks: terrorism; insurgency; political stability In Colombia, FARC leader Rodrigo Londono stated he was considering postponing the FARC’s disarmament following the arrest of a rebel by government forces. The government stated there was an identity ‘confusion’ over...

Ecuador: Lenin Moreno’s turn?

Date first published: 25/05/2017 Key sectors: all Key risks: policy continuity; political stability; governability; corruption fallout ‘I am a president for all. I owe everyone. I respect everyone’. Left-wing Lenin Moreno’s statement after being sworn in as Ecuador’s President on 24 May is indicative of the conciliatory approach he is expected to imprint in Ecuadorean politics...

Côte d’Ivoire: After the mutiny

Date: 18/05/2017 Key sectors: cocoa Key risks: military mutiny; budget deficit; muted economic growth On Friday 12 May, soldiers fired shots into the air and blocked roads in major cities, undermining President Alassane Ouattara’s announcement that the government had reached a compromise with them over unpaid bonuses. Schools, embassies and banks were closed during the days...

AKE Ones to Watch: 22 May 2017

Americas: embattled President Temer fights for survival Sectors: all Key Risks: political instability; civil unrest; corruption fallout In Brazil, President Michel Temer appears determined to fight for his political survival after fresh bribery allegations made public on 17 May put his presidency at the verge of collapse. Since then, several impeachment requests have been...

AKE online training featured in New York Times

Europe Beckons, but Security Consultants Urge: Be Prepared Favorable exchange rates between the dollar and both the euro and the pound, along with expanded air routes linking the United States and Europe, are helping to bolster tourism to Europe this summer despite lingering concerns over security in the wake of terrorist attacks over the...