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‘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 Special Reports

Lebanon: Impact of the Syrian war’s next stage

The Syrian Civil war is nearing its end game. This article, part four of a five-part series on the regional impact of this news, examines the current economic obstacles and opportunities for Lebanon.   

Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Iraq: Impact of the Syrian war’s next stage

The Syrian Civil war is nearing its end game. This article, part three of a five-part series on the regional impact of this news, examines the current economic obstacles and opportunities for Iraq. Part one of the series considered Syria, the second part assessed Jordan.

Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Jordan: Economic impact of the Syrian war’s next stage

The Syrian Civil war is nearing its end game. This article, part two of a five-part series on the regional impact of this news, examines the current economic obstacles and opportunities for Jordan. 

Middle East/North Africa Special Reports

Syria: Economic impact of the war’s next stage

The Syrian Civil war is nearing its end game. This article examines the current economic obstacles and opportunities for Syria and President Assad. It also considers the implications of President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from the ground. 

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.