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Middle East/North Africa Security

Egypt’s economic lifeline runs through the Suez Canal

Given the political uncertainty and public unrest following the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, the stability of the Suez Canal is vital to Egypt’s economy. However, short-term security mitigation overlooks

Latin America Security

Increased guerrilla activity in Paraguay threatens FDI

The Paraguayan People’s Army, a burgeoning terrorist organization, is attacking Paraguayan agribusiness and the country’s rural police. In an economy that depends heavily on ranching and agriculture, this particular group

International Security

Gangs undermine confidence in Mexican-Chinese trade

Recent trade agreements and legislative action in Mexico and China create a positive outlook for both economies. The strength of Mexican gangs, however, threatens to undermine confidence in bilateral trade

Asia Pacific Security

Expect the unexpected from North Korea

News coming from North Korea, including domestic purges and nuclear development, is once again causing concern in the region. The world has, for better or for worse, grown rather accustomed

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

Growing US security presence in Africa allows safer investments

Recent years have seen an increased US presence in Africa, a presence marked by its distinctly military component. Due to the economic rise of sub-Saharan Africa, but also due to

International Security

3 unexpected risks posed by transnational organized crime

As globalization eases the flow of finances, goods, and ideas, political risk expands the opportunities and scope for criminal activity, which can have severe consequences for businesses. Organized crime is

Asia Pacific Security

China’s air-defense zone ratchets up risk for trade and investment

With the announcement of China’s Air-Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) and the following rise in tensions in the East China Sea, economic—and global—catastrophe may be just a shot away. Beijing’s November

Middle East/North Africa Security

Op-Ed: Iran is driving the bus, so why is the West celebrating?

Western enthusiasm for Iran deal, sees Tehran hold the upper hand and steer discussions, calling into question the West’s celebrations over the talks. Supreme Iranian leader Khamenei spent much of

Security South and Central Asia

Opium poppy cultivation blocks Afghan development

Opium cultivation continues to flourish in Afghanistan, jeopardizing stability, development and health. The UN reported record high opium cultivation in Afghanistan this year, according to a survey released by the

Security Sub-Saharan Africa

DRC situation set to improve after M23 rebel surrender

The situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo has improved as international and domestic efforts come close to reaching a peace deal that would include the full surrender of the