Underreported political and security risk updates from around the world. This week includes events in Ethiopia, South Africa, United States, Venezuela, North Korea, the Maldives, Belgium, Ukraine, Libya and Syria.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Protests in South Africa over president’s removal of finance minister and eight other cabinet members; US president claims United States can ‘solve’ North Korea nuclear threat without help of China; United Kingdom submits letter to president of the European Council triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: US president announces significant increase in defence spending while cutting state department budget; four million people in Santiago left without water after rainstorms and landslides contaminate Maipo River; prospective members of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership meet in Japan for five days of talks; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Moldova elects pro-Russia president in first presidential election since 1996; Ethiopia arrests 11,000 people during state of emergency; Iraqi forces liberate ancient city of Nimrud from Islamic State; and more.
Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Colombian government and FARC agree on UN-brokered deal to disarm guerrillas; large crowds attend rally in support of Turkish president following recent coup attempt; scores killed and many arrested during protests in Ethiopian capital; and more.
Monthly intelligence briefing on transnational organised crime from Dr Mary Young. This month's spotlight on Africa includes details of the warship gifted to the Nigerian Navy by the United States to help combat transnational organised maritime crime in Nigerian waters, including piracy, oil theft and terrorism.
For the past six months, Open Briefing's Africa desk has been developing forecasts for insecurity and conflict in Africa over 2014. They have today published the synthesis report for Southern Africa, covering: Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Some narratives have painted Southern Africa as a region largely absent of conflict and insecurity. In reality, instability persists beneath the surface due to corruption and inequitable settlements following independence or struggles for national liberation. This study from Open Briefing provides forecasts for 10 Southern African countries over 2014.