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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.

The recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa resulted in the evacuation of Western NGOs and corporate employees.  This reaction is understandable as there is no specific treatment or vaccination for the disease, and it is fatal for an estimated 60-65% of the infected population.  This outbreak has been especially difficult to contain, as it impacts multiple West African nations.   The World Health Organization labeled it a public health emergency and is calling for international assistance to combat it. China has most visibly lent its support through...

What started as a class action lawsuit between a community in Ecuador and gas giant Chevron has turned into a 21-year international court battle, which shows no signs of stopping soon.  In December, a New York judge ordered Chevron to pay a $9 billion settlement for ecological damages in Ecuador; in March, another judge rescinded the decision. Texaco operated in the Amazon beginning in the mid-1960s until 1992.  During that time, Texaco was reported to have caused severe environmental damage.  After the first legal motions were...

Executives have a responsibility to maximize shareholder value. In today’s operating environment, communities have the ability to decrease corporate profits through litigation, agitation, protests and violence. A 2009 Harvard study, The Costs of Conflict with Local Communities in the Extractive Industry, identified these costs and their cascading effects across industries and sectors. Increased costs are generally attributable to three main areas: lost productivity from work delays, diversion of management time to deal with conflicts, and the suspension or abandonment of projects. Lost Productivity: The Harvard study...