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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.

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...

Why is one of the world’s worst places to do business also one of the world’s most attractive destinations for investors? India rates 6th on the top 10 list of the world’s worst business environments, according to a recent CNBC survey, but it also lands on the top 5 most attractive destinations for investors, according to Business Week. Although India has the world’s seventh largest economy according to the International Monetary Fund’s projected GDP rating for 2015, it is plagued by endemic government corruption, a...

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...