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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.

While Guinea holds its collective breath awaiting the Presidential election results, one thing is inevitable: violence will ensue. Land Reform & Ethnic Tensions Land claims and ethnic tensions have been part of Guinea’s social landscape since the early 1990’s and the basis for altercations between the Konainke’ people and other indigenous groups in the Forest Region. Increased ethnic tensions and violence are a direct result of the “rational” land use policies implemented by former President Toure’. Land reform policies enabled the ethnic Konainke’ to occupy large areas...

Understanding and accepting risk is an integral part of the private equity (PE) due diligence process. Traditional methods rely on sponsors and their investment banking partners to conduct conference calls with consultants, accountants and law firms to answer questions developed by the deal team to satisfy their due diligence responsibility. They also depend on checklists, like the S-1 disclaimer, to alert potential investors of asset risks. Some sponsors attempt to avoid risk entirely by retreating to U.S. markets that possess well-defined legal protections, ample liquidity...

Accurately assessing risk is a critical factor within each phase of the private equity business model. From fundraising to the ultimate sell-side transaction, evaluating and mitigating risk is fundamental to the success and sustainability of a private equity business. Some private equity firms have not optimized their investments, particularly in frontier markets because of a gap that exists in their risk portfolio. Today’s complex environments require in-depth understanding of the threats that emanate from societies. Private equity firms’ reliance on standard operating procedures and traditional...

American’s capitalist ideology and cultural impressions of Cuban society ignores core aspects of Cuban identity and sets the new diplomatic and economic relationship up to fail. As the media and travel publications headily point out, the ongoing thaw between the two countries offers a host of opportunities for American businesses and tourism. The focus: untouched white sand beaches and a materially virgin population. American citizens and politicians assume Cubans want what Americans want: greater economic opportunity, foodstuffs, and status symbols like clothing and cars. Cuba has...

The 2010 Supreme Court ruling handed advocacy groups a distinct advantage over campaigns: the ability to raise unlimited funds from donors. In the 2012 elections, Super PACs spent over $600 million—approximately 50 percent of the total expenditure of the combined Obama and Romney campaigns. The 2016 election is still a year away but Super PACs have already raised $240 million. This advantage provides advocacy groups an opportunity to implement strategies that have long-term effects beyond elections. “Although advocacy groups wield immense economic clout, they fail to...

Remember when you were sick as a kid and your mom asked you to take your medicine but you didn’t want to because it didn’t taste good? Today, it is America who is sick and nobody wants to take the medicine because it does not taste good. Worse yet, it does not actually cure the illness, it just treats the symptoms. Compounding these problems are the nation’s doctors – the politicians – who write expensive prescriptions. A year after Ferguson, the national homicide rate has increased,...