Middle East & North Africa Regional Bulletin – April 2018

In this edition of the Middle East and North Africa bulletin, we examine the anticipated outcomes of a series of upcoming elections in the region, including in Lebanon and Iraq. In our first feature article we continue the theme of elections, look...

Global Risk Bulletin – March 2018

The Global Risk Bulletin is a monthly newsletter produced by S-RM for XL Catlin, profiling recent worldwide developments which have the potential to impact personnel, assets and business operations.

The Global Risk Bulletin is a monthly newsletter produced by S-RM for XL Catlin, profiling recent worldwide developments which have the potential to impact personnel, assets and business operations.

Red Flag Bulletin – March 2018

The latest news from our regional teams about financial crime, corruption, sanctions and integrity issues worldwide. This month’s Red Flag bulletin includes: - The UK National Crime Agency announces its first 'Unexplained Wealth Orders'; - The threat of further sanctions as the fallout over the poisoning of a former Russian spy continues; and; - Nine Iranian nationals accused of cyber theft by the US Department of Justice.

Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Bulletin March 2018

Political risk has been a dominant theme over recent months, from the recent inconclusive presidential election in Sierra Leone which will now go to a second round, to the resignation of Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in early March. Meanwhile, policy changes to the mining code in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and local content regulations in Tanzania are giving international operators and investors challenges to deal with. Namibia has also announced plans to press ahead with reforms to its black economic empowerment plan, whilst the countries of West Africa and the Sahel face growing security concerns after the third major terrorist attack to hit Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou.

China’s 2018 parliamentary sessions: A new political era?

In a historic move, China has abolished its presidential term limit. Other constitutional changes have affirmed the supremacy of the Communist Party of China (‘CPC’) and strengthened its governing apparatus, of which Xi is now at the centre. What does this mean for the economy and investors?

CBRN Bulletin | Pesticides as Improvised Chemical Agents

In the age of non-traditional warfare, chemical agents are making a reappearance. In recent years, the international community had witnessed the alleged use of the nerve agent sarin in the Syrian Civil War, the use of chlorine laced improvised explosive devices (‘IEDs’) by terrorist organizations and the assassination of Kim Jong Nam by VX gas in 2017. So how could pesticides be used in attacks?