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The contents of this blog highlight geopolitical, ethno-religious, and socio-cultural issues from around the world. Contributions are made by ENODO Global, Inc. and its strategic partners.

Watching the recent increase of violence in Afghanistan, I decided to revisit my Afghanistan notes and stumbled upon an article I wrote in 2010 after my third deployment to Afghanistan. The “Afghan Strategy for Dummies” article, although outdated, sheds light on how the U.S. and international community has failed to deliver stability and security to the people of Afghanistan and eliminate the Taliban threat, which is reemerging on the heels of the U.S. departure. Unfortunately, the mistakes made in Afghanistan have proved costly in lives and...

Parts 1 and 2 in this 3-part review address the reality of community-based risks and their likely threat to private sector operations.   Societies are the convergent point for the majority of risks that companies face. Moreover, companies operating in frontier markets face the greatest challenges and threats from local communities. In austere environments, social tensions and grievances are flamed by adverse political organizations, activist networks, and extremist groups as communities seek to preserve their identity and long-term security. Therefore, community engagement is critical to achieve stability...

Part 1 in this series touched on problems private companies face when dealing with societal grievances and the effects internal and external aggravators have on their operations.   Harmful actors and organizations prey upon simmering, and frequently legitimate community grievances to further their own objectives, which typically do not align with the long-term goals and growth of the community, region, or country. These activities pose significant threats to business operations through protests, litigation, criminal activity, and violence. A prevailing bureaucratic mindset is that simple public relations, so-called...

  In Colombia, the Nasa and other indigenous groups have authorities, backed by constitutional law, to administer order and justice autonomously for the territories that they govern—as long as their judicial rulings and application of law do not contravene international law. This was demonstrated last week when members of the Nasa tribe (also known as the Páez people) near Toribio, Cauca province, Colombia captured seven members of the “Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia” (FARC) and put them on trial for murder. The subsequent trial, in a very...

Introduction to a 3-part series examining the impact of societal grievances on corporate operations and the failures of traditional social responsibility initiatives used to address these unavoidable issues.   Societal-based tensions and grievances are the underlying factors that drive the majority of civil disobedience and unrest in regions around the world. Unprecedented access to communications technology, especially social media like Facebook and Twitter, enable people to organize and assemble rapidly around ideas or movements. Using the same means, political organizations, activist networks, and even extremist groups disseminate...

Rarely do I find articles that accurately and appropriately speak about the challenges companies face when operating in frontier markets. Occasionally, however, I come across a piece that hits the nail on the head and correctly identifies and discusses the problems. Today was one of those days when I found this post on the World Bank’s website, which states: "For much of the last half century, the dominant political economy model of natural resource management in Africa was this: states received royalties from mostly private mining...

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