Europe & Russia

  • Situation Report: A closer look at the impact of E.U. and U.S. sanctions on foreign businesses in Russia

    July 27, 2018

    Western sanctions against Russia are backfiring. Four years on, they have strengthened Russia’s domestic production while creating compliance and reputational risks for Western multinationals. That Western countries are now effectively placing sanctions on each other makes the anti-Russian response even less tenable.

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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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  • The future customs arrangement between the U.K. and the E.U.

    June 5, 2018

    Talks between the European Union and the United Kingdom over Brexit – the latter’s exit from the former – have stalled. The impasse is the result of heated debate within the British government over how much control over Britain’s policy – if any – to cede to Brussels once the country has left the pan-European bloc.

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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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  • Blockade by Turkey’s navy poses risks for businesses in the eastern Mediterranean

    April 26, 2018

    The ongoing dispute over natural gas reserves off the coast of Cyprus poses considerable risks for energy companies with interests in the region. The blockade of a drill ship by the Turkish navy in February has increased the likelihood of an escalation between Cyprus and Turkey.

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