How Safe are the Sochi Olympic Games?

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A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo.   This is the latest post in the series. The 2014 Olympic Winter Games began today in Sochi, Russia. Numerous U.S. multinational corporations such as McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Proctor & Gamble and Visa are sponsoring or participating, and 10,000 Americans are expected to attend. But … [Read more...]

Don't Let Shipping Piracy Sink Your International Business.

A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo.  This is the latest post in the series. With the dramatic growth of global commerce more businesses rely on maritime shipping to get their goods and raw materials to market. The release of the Tom Hanks film "Captain Phillips" depicting the 2009 hijacking of the US merchant ship Maersk … [Read more...]

How Secure Are U.S. Businesses in Mexico?

A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo. This is the fifth post in the series. Mexico is a top Latin American location for American business operations. A vast market with close proximity, Mexico represents the United States’s second largest export market and its third largest source of imports. Recently however, the battle … [Read more...]

Brazil's Mega Events: Risks for International Businesses during the World Cup and Olympics.

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A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo. This is the fourth post in the series. For ten years Brazil has been the darling of the emerging market countries: the "B" in BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India & China).  With annual growth rates of 5 percent, its stock markets often doubled year to year.  Brazil is hot. It will be hosting … [Read more...]

Surviving a Kidnapping: How Your International Business Should Respond.

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A special guest post by Global Security Consultant and Political Risk Expert, Paul Crespo. This is the third post in the series. You are an executive on a business trip in a foreign country being driven to a meeting when suddenly your car is slammed by a large truck and armed men with AK-47s yank you from your car, blindfold you and throw you into a van. You have just been … [Read more...]