Americas

  • Surge in violence heightens risks in Mexico

    July 5, 2018

    Mexico’s next president, veteran leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will face an array of challenges on taking office on 1 December 2018. His immediate focus will likely be on improving the security climate, which has significantly deteriorated in the last three years.

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  • Glass half full: How water-intensive companies can mitigate risk

    June 21, 2018

    The U.N. forecasts that over the next seven years, the number of people facing water scarcity will double to some 1.8 billion. If accurate, this will have negative security and political implications for water-intensive industries. Those most at risk are water-intensive producers of non-food crops such as tobacco and cotton, carbonated beverage plants, sporting and leisure parks, mining, and industries such as steel and paper production.

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  • Will Colombia look left or right for its president?

    June 13, 2018

    When Colombia goes to the polls on 17 June in the runoff in its presidential election, voters will choose between staunch conservative Iván Duque and guerrilla fighter turned centre-left politician Gustavo Petro. What will their decision mean to foreign businesses in the South American country?

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  • Snapshot: May Day risks

    April 30, 2018

    May Day on 1 May is marked by workers’ rallies and marches around the globe, bringing risks that range from traffic disruption through to violence involving protesters and the authorities.

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  • Growing Pains: Supply-chain risks posed by marijuana legalisation in North America

    April 18, 2018

    The legal cultivation and sale of marijuana for both medical and recreational use is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States and Canada as lawmakers move towards legalisation. In the U.S., state governments are making the decision to legalise and regulate the drug, while in Canada, the federal government is hoping to legalise marijuana this summer. Firms operating in the marijuana business face unique compliance challenges and supply-chain risks in this rapidly growing industry.

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