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Country Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: South Korea July 2022

Introduction It is fair to say that the newly elected President, Yoon Suk-yeol, has his work cut out for him. Having won the presidency for one five-year term - the norm in South Korea - by just 0.79%, the possibility of him making any meaningful political difference seemed a highly unlikely proposition. Firstly, from a …

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Country Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: Pakistan June 2022

Introduction The legacy of the British partition of India in 1947 is still felt. Pakistan, the resulting Muslim-majority state, has been a country on the edge of religious fervour, political upheaval and existential dread for its entire existence. As one party in the world’s comparatively forgotten nuclear détente (outside of South Asia that is), and …

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Country Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: India

A foul wind blows India some good – Maybe India finds itself on the brink of becoming a world superpower, potentially. It was perhaps Modi’s decisive action against China’s intrusions into the Eastern Ladakh’s Galwan River Valley in April/May/June 2020, that marked the country’s first real opportunity to be considered in such rarefied air. Yet …

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Political Risk Advisory Briefing: a growing geopolitical force?

Introduction Issues of unity and belonging dominate the political consciousness right now. These are expressed in the sense of Ukraine’s nationhood versus Russia’s desire to eradicate it, in the perhaps-to-be-expanded continental bodies of the EU and NATO, and the ‘global family’ that, still tackling the coronavirus pandemic together, could yet be plunged into a global …

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Country Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: South Africa

South Africa has long been held up as an exemplar state for unlocking Africa’s potential. As the only African nation in the G20 and the newest member of the BRICS ‘emerging economies’, it is at the forefront of the global economic conversation and through cultural currency such as the 2010 World Cup, has advertised itself …

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Putin\’s Miscalculations

Overview The enemy of progress is perspective. Perspective is limited, illusionary and therefore, fundamentally flawed in its decision-making processes. Vladimir Putin’s perspective on Russia, Ukraine, and the relationship between the two is fixed: the latter has no right to exist independently, and the former, should return to its former glory and power. Both issues are …

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Country Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: Brazil

When the subject of Brazil dominates any conversation, one’s senses are awakened – tuning in to vibrant carnival colours, breath-taking waterways, the scent of coffee beans, the rhythmic sound of the samba, and deep base drums.  The mysteries of the Amazon Rainforest, its indigenous people, and its flora and fauna inhabitants have drawn adventurers and …

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