Special Reports

Back to homepage

‘Special Reports’ are in-depth, long-form articles on political risk events around the world. Employing their local expertise and world-class risk training, our experts dig deep and thoroughly examine political risk events for our readers.


Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy Security Special Reports

The Energy Briefing: The never-ending battle for Libya’s Oil Crescent

The competition for the control of state revenues remains tense as Haftar’s Libyan National Army intensified its attempts to seize key institutions ahead of December 2018 elections. Although oil production increased in 2017, continuing insecurity due to armed groups still largely constrain Libya’s oil potential.

Middle East/North Africa Politics Security Special Reports

Special report: The impact of Iraq’s 2018 parliamentary elections

On 12 May, Iraqis chose their representatives for Parliament. In an environment influenced by the four-year conflict with the Islamic State and the fragmentation of politics, these elections are a critical test.

International Special Reports Technology and infrastructure

Special Report: Cryptocurrency’s future may depend on cybersecurity

Despite the excitement around all things crypto, the proliferation of cryptocurrency ventures is generating new cybersecurity risks. How governments and industry manage those risks may determine the future of the crypto market.

Economics Europe Special Reports

OZY+GRI: Will the powerful German economy break up the EU?

Germany’s trade surplus is viewed with resentment across the EU due to the implied — and in some cases, tangible — economic imbalance that benefits Deutschland über alles and could lead to the dissolution of Europe’s grand experiment.

International Special Reports Technology and infrastructure

Special Report: The hidden risks of the electric car revolution

Buried under the hype, are the real risks of the electric car revolution: reputational issues in the extractive sector, the scarcity of essential raw materials, the environmental impact, and infrastructure challenges.  

Economics Special Reports

China’s Trans-Eurasia trade routes: Outlook for 2018

An excerpt from our Belt and Road Initiative: Risk Insights report for 2018. This section covers rail and multimodal trade through Eurasia. 

International Special Reports

China’s energy security investments: Outlook for 2018

An excerpt from our Belt and Road Initiative: Risk Insights report for 2018. This section covers China’s energy outlook and general approach to energy investments. 

Central America Latin America Politics Special Reports

Special Report: Latin America’s key elections

Latin America is undergoing powerful political changes that will pose challenges to stability in the region. A series of elections in key countries make 2018 a crucial year.

Middle East/North Africa Security Special Reports

Special Report: How Iran is exporting the Hezbollah model to dominate the Middle East

The war against the Islamic State has expanded Iranian dominance through Baghdad and Damascus and advancing up to the Mediterranean Sea. Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are the front line in this rising tide of Iranian military and economic power.

Economics Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Saudi Arabia’s new economy: Projecting power in an unstable region

Part 3 of our special series on Saudi 2.0 assesses the outlook for economic reforms, and whether regional conflicts will put everything at risk.