Deciding on overseas investments, protective security and duty-of-care arrangements is dependent on timely, accurate and professionally evaluated information on where and how people, assets and property may be at risk. A2 Global Risk’s specialist research staff and global network of correspondents provide a range of bespoke and subscription based Political Risk Analysis, Market Evaluation and Security Threat Assessment products.
A2 Global Risk’s Hong Kong, London and U.S.-based Risk Analysis teams consist of subject specialists responsible for monitoring and assessing political activity throughout the world. Our Information Services provide independent and incisive analysis to complement Client organisations’ own reporting procedures.
- Bespoke Information Services
Our Information Services can be tailored to the individual requirements of a client. A2 Global Risk’s bespoke services comprise detailed assessments of each client’s unique profile and identify the specific threats posed by their business environment. Utilising our global network of correspondents, A2 Global Risk’s bespoke services provide clients unrivalled access to decision-critical information from within and beyond the public domain.
Bespoke services can provide:
- Tailored country risk assessments
- Industry-specific risk assessments
- Market evaluation and market entry reports (state / country / region level)
- ‘Horizon Scanning’ alerts
- Local area risk assessments (town / district / neighbourhood level)
- Assessments on specific threat groups / organisations
- Travel security reports
- Executive briefings
- A2 Global 360
The A2 Global 360 ("Global 360") service assesses the operational risks present in 198 countries and territories, providing users with actionable insight into the personalities, institutions and social dynamics that will determine the success of their overseas investments.
A2 Global 360 considers the political, business and security environments in each territory and identifies threats and opportunities. In addition to country risk assessments, Global 360 users benefit from regular trend reporting. This identifies key developments, analyses disruptive events, and offers case studies to explore the wider operating environment.
A2 Global 360 offers its users essential local insight, enabling them to operate confidently in unfamiliar and potentially hostile environments. Precise, readable briefs are combined with an intuitive global mapping system to deliver insights before they become news. Global 360 enables subscribers to plan for the future in their operating environment, rather than reacting to the aftermath of unforeseen events.
- Risk Cartography
Geospatial analysis is central to our work. Our risk indices are colour-coded on to the A2 Global 360 Global Risk Map, and Alerts are tagged to it. This forms the basis for topical maps, which illustrate particular risks by geo-locating security patterns against physical assets. These visualisations yield insights into how terrorism, politics, environmental hazards and demographic shifts are influencing the security of personnel and investments.
- Risk Indices
A2 Global generates our A2 Interactive Global Map and country metrics from a system of ordinal risk indices. We use a checklist-based approach to ensure that international and inter-city comparisons are quantifiable, consistent and culturally unbiased. The distance between a city’s centre and its airport; the incumbency of a political executive; the number of prosecutions under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act related to business activity in a country, are just three examples of several hundred datasets we use to make comparisons.
- Country Reporting
A2 Global maintains online close to 300 advisory reports with a focus on countries and cities. These up-to-date assessments are valuable for personnel operating in those areas, but they also offer strategic appraisals of the factors impacting market-entry decisions, staff relocation and ground-level risks. They include commercial geography, policy environment, cultural and non-tariff barriers to trade, geospatial considerations and infrastructure quality. The reports consolidate our daily and weekly reporting into a single accessible source.
- Strategic Forecasting
A2 Global publishes regular sub-regional reports that assess risks on a strategic timescale. With an emphasis on clarity and concision, they explain trends of relevance to businesses in-country.
Our team works to understand how security risks manifest themselves at the intersection of environmental, sociological and economic trends that are often missed by conventional reporting. Their work includes political succession planning, flow charts to describe public-sector tender processes, influence maps of political regimes, multi-language media monitoring, military-level intelligence and a tactical understanding of market-entry factors.