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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 UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) will have little impact on multinational corporations (MNCs) investing in Central and Eastern Europe.” At the macro-level, the future of post-Brexit investment in Central and Eastern Europe appears fraught with challenges and uncertainty. However, a favorable investment environment prevails within the region. Since 1989, major political, economic, and socio-cultural events have transformed the region, creating new opportunities for investment. According to the most recent Social Progress Index data, experts expect a drop in migration from Central and...

In the early morning hours of June 12th, 2016, armed U.S. citizen Omar Mateen opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 and wounding 53. Discussions surrounding the event fail to address the core issue underlying mass violence: identity. Identity underlies the majority of ethnic and religious conflict. When an individual feels that their identity – a set of norms, values, beliefs, and customs that are intrinsically important to their sense of self and belonging – is threatened, a violent response is only natural. Identity...

U.S. counter insurgency operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have failed to utilize the most powerful tool at their disposal: populations. In fact, current counter insurgency strategies alienate U.S. forces from the population and inadvertently drive communities and insurgents closer together. Current campaigns employ short-term strategies that fail to create enduring security environments through (a) separating insurgents from the population and (b) delivering utility to populations. But most importantly, current counter insurgency operations do not provide solutions for the long-term problems that insurgencies create.   "A state rarely...

Depending on what reports you read, the country is either Afghanistan on the sea or the next Somalia, or both. –Ishaan Tharoor The latest terrorist attacks by ISIS in Paris and Mali have drawn the world’s attention away from a growing humanitarian crisis responsible for the deaths of thousands. It has been eight months since the Saudi Arabian-led coalition, codenamed Operation Decisive Storm, invaded Yemen to oust Houthi rebels from Sanaa. The blitzkrieg invasion has stalled with the Saudi and UAE militaries now caught in a...

The Evolving Political Landscape: The American political landscape has been radically altered. Unlimited campaign contributions enable super PACs, 501(c)(4)s, campaign staffs, and political organizations to simultaneously flood the airways with messages. Campaigns are overwhelmed by endless data, which is processed and neatly packaged for sound-bites and TV ads in the hopes of changing voter perceptions, climbing the polls, and maximizing fundraising. These efforts are typically reactive, focus on instant results, and often exploit voter anxiety or fear. To manage these challenges, campaigns hire name brand political...

Measuring returns is relatively simple, but quantifying the risk of an asset is an art that requires specialized analysis. Social risk analysis measures threats that emanate from societies in the form of protests, strikes, violence, and litigation. It offers investment professionals an opportunity to reduce variance and increase consistency across diverse business and geographic environments. When investors incorporate social risk analysis into their operations they can (1) identify mispriced assets to optimize long-term, risk-adjusted returns, (2) safeguard investments from social risk’s extreme negative skew, and...