Hong Kong – Beijing Chipping Away at Autonomy

The Beijing government’s further encroachment on the autonomy that Hong Kong enjoys as a special administrative region of China will continue to have a mildly negative effect on political risk in what is otherwise one of the most attractive business climates in the world. Chinese President Xi Read Entire Entry

United Arab Emirates – Image Issues May Blunt Impact of FDI Law

The UAE is navigating turbulent regional waters as international opprobrium rains upon its closest ally, Saudi Arabia. As in Saudi Arabia, the de facto head of government in the UAE is the crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed (popularly known as MBZ), who, acting in his ailing father’s stead, is also Read Entire Entry

Slovakia – Smer Remains under a Cloud of Scandal

Robert Fico, the leader of the main governing Direction-Social Democracy (Smer), continues to roil the political waters, nine months after he resigned as prime minister, amid a scandal involving the murder of an investigative journalist digging into government corruption. Back in November, Fico Read Entire Entry

Israel – Government Falls

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government was on shaky ground from its inception in May 2015, and met an early demise in December, prompting the scheduling of a general election for April 2019. Against expectations, a conflict over security policy, rather than a budget dispute or Read Entire Entry

Zimbabwe – Political Climate Inhospitable to Reform

Having achieved the presidency by means of a military coup carried out in November 2017, Emmerson Mnangagwa fulfilled his goal of obtaining a popular mandate at an election held in late July, although the result was tainted by credible allegations of various widespread irregularities. At his Read Entire Entry

Libya – Balance of Power Shifts in Haftar’s Favor

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New Zealand – Peters Stirring the Pot

Labour Party Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern went on six-week maternity leave following the birth of her daughter in late June, providing Winston Peters, the leader of the populist-nationalist NZ First, with an opportunity to head the government on a temporary basis. Freed from the constraints of Read Entire Entry

Poland – Defiant PiS Forces Showdown

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Colombia – Leftist Unlikely to Survive Run-off

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Hungary – Orbán Tests EU’s Patience

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