Underreported political and security risk updates from around the world. This week includes analysis from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, the United States, Ecuador, South Korea, the Philippines, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, Tunisia and Yemen.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Chinese Communist Party meets to decide future of the party and country; investigative journalist killed by car bomb in Malta; Iraqi Army takes key installations outside northern city of Kirkuk after Kurdish peshmerga withdraw; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Liberia holds general election to elect president and members of house of representatives; deputy leader of main opposition party flees Cambodia over fears of arrest; security forces target members of the LGBT community in crackdown in Egypt; and more.
Open Briefing has today published the first of three synthesis reports from a major study forecasting insecurity and conflict in Africa in 2014. The report focusses on those countries of West Africa whose drivers and internal volatility are likely to create substantial levels of insecurity and conflict over 2014: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
Some narratives have painted West Africa as a region where conflict and insecurity occur naturally due to ethnic tensions and porous borders. In reality, the underlying sources and drivers of instability are critical to understanding events. This study from Open Briefing attempts to avoid generalisations by analysing specific factors and identifying forecasts for individual countries in the region.