Author: Fernanda Alvarez

Episode 58: with Dominic Bowen discussing Ukraine, Russia, and adapting business operations in the midst of a potential invasion

As the risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine become increasingly more likely, the host of the International Risk Podcast, Dominic Bowen, discusses how businesses should be preparing and adapting to this complex environment riddled with uncertainty. Dominic is an experienced leader and risk professional. From tackling whether Russia is using energy as a geopolitical […]

Taras Kuzio

Our guest for episode 56 of The International Risk Podcast is Taras Kuzio, who is an Associate Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the National University of Kyiv Mohlya Academy. Our conversation with Taras comes at a particularly timely occasion, as Russo-Ukrainian relations continue to […]

Episode 56: with Taras Kuzio discussing the risk of Russo-Ukrainian geopolitical tensions, diplomatic misunderstandings, and Nord Stream 2

Russo-Ukrainian geopolitical tensions have been monopolizing news headlines as reports point to an imminent invasion reminiscent of the 2014 occupation of Crimea. However, there’s a lot more than what originally meets the eye, in terms of the economic, risk, ideological and diplomatic implications of recent developments. To untangle the complexities of the situation, we are […]

Tiziano Breda

Our guest for episode 55 is Tiziano Breda, a Central America Analyst for the International Crisis Group. He conducts extensive field research, provides analysis, and proposes policy initiatives to relevant governmental, international and non-governmental actors to address key issues linked to violent crime, migration and political instability in the Central American region. As a guest […]

Episode 55: With Tiziano Breda discussing the Nicaraguan Elections, the role of Russia in Central America and risk to political analysts

Nicaragua’s elections held on November 7 rung alarm bells for political analysts that focus on Central America, as Ortega’s hyperbolic electoral win pointed to his continued encroachment on democratic freedoms and institutions in the country. To dissect the implications of these elections we are joined by Tiziano Breda, Central America Analyst for the International Crisis […]

Russia will likely not invade Ukraine – but businesses will continue to operate in a high risk environment

Chilling parallels can be drawn between Russia’s current build up on Ukraine’s eastern border and the invasion of Crimea in 2014. Alarmist US intelligence observations assert that as many as 175,000 Russian troops could be mobilised along the Russo-Ukrainian border in January, a strategic move that Western analysts have correlated with President Vladimir Putin’s exponential use […]

Colin Pereira

Our guest for episode 54 is Colin Pereira, a pioneer who has been working on risk management models for journalists operating under threat for over two decades. He is a Director at HP Risk Management, a consultancy assisting companies and media organisations operating in fragile environments. In 2020, he launched RiskPal, a software as a […]

Episode 54: With Colin Pereira discussing Afghanistan, risk to journalists, and risk assessment platforms

For two decades, Colin has shaped the risk management model for journalists operating under threat. He is a Director at HP Risk Management, a consultancy assisting companies and media organisations operating in fragile environments. In 2020, he launched RiskPal, a software as a service platform focusing on streamlining risk assessment. Previously he was head of […]

Anja Shortland

Our guest of episode 52 is Anja Shortland, who is a Professor of Political Economy at King’s College London. Her teaching focuses on the economics of crime and she researches the world’s trickiest trades: the resolution of hostage crises and piracy incidents, stolen and looted art, and ransomware. “Having studied civil wars and political violence, […]

Episode 52: with Anja Shortland discussing the risk of hostage crises, piracy and stolen art

Anja Shortland is a Professor of Political Economy at King’s College, London. Her teaching is on the economics of crime and she researches the world’s trickiest trades: the resolution of hostage crises and piracy incidents, stolen and looted art, and ransomware. She is particularly interested in the role of insurers in helping crime victims to […]