Asia-Pacific

  • North Korea: The myth of the hermetic republic

    April 21, 2017

    Beyond North Korea’s nuclear and military programme lies a dense web of global commercial networks. While most legitimate businesses are unlikely to be directly involved with activities related to North Korea, this report seeks to demonstrate that the potential for becoming involved with commercial entities and interests linked to the country and its leadership remains a threat. The increasing sophistication of North Korea’s methods and the inconsistent implementation of regulations by international agencies and individual countries expose multilateral corporations and global financial institutions to the risk of sanctions compliance.

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  • The Panama Papers and political risk in Pakistan

    March 28, 2017

    Last year’s scandal surrounding the leak of the so-called ‘Panama Papers’ has blown over in most of the affected countries. Not so in Pakistan. The leak implicated the family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and has launched a legal battle that threatens his career and the country’s political stability.

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  • Thai government’s muted efforts to control Buddhist movement point toward further unrest

    March 28, 2017

    The origins of the present struggle between the military-led administration and the popular, even populist, Buddhist Dhammakaya movement, which in the West may be described as being between ‘church’ and ‘state’, are relatively recent. This reflects the Dhammakaya movement’s meteoric success in attracting huge numbers of local supporters, which paralleled the rapid and often highly destabilising changes Thai society and economy have undergone within little more than a generation.

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  • CHINA: Growing workers’ unrest increases operating risk

    March 28, 2017

    On 23 February, more than 500 temporary workers from German carmaker Volkswagen rallied in the north-eastern city of Changchun to protest what they saw as unfair wages and unpaid compensation. While such protests are illegal in China, incidents of labour unrest have been on the rise in recent years. This trend is likely to continue in 2017, posing significant operational risks to construction, logistics, manufacturing and retail businesses.

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  • Rags to rags: The impact of automation on Asia’s textile, clothing and footwear industries

    March 16, 2017

    This report, reflecting an International Labour Organization (ILO) study published in July 2016 and A2’s own research, will consider security and political stability issues relating to a number of Asian countries that have become major sources of textiles, clothing and footwear (TCF) production, and where the loss of these industries is certain to have a profound impact on governments, commerce and individuals.

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