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Taliban Threat to Water Management Projects in Afghanistan

Water management projects such as dams and hydroelectric power stations have attracted investment from multiple sources such as private companies, foreign governments and the World Bank. The Salma Dam for example is heavily funded by the Indian government at an estimated cost of US$275 million. However, the security situation in Afghanistan has at times rendered such projects unpredictable and accompanied... [ more ]

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North Korea: A dirty little secret

North Korea has long been a dirty little secret among analysts and intelligence agencies and that dirty little secret is now in danger of coming out for all to see. What is the secret you ask? Lean in and we’ll tell you – it’s just, well, it’s that we have absolutely no idea what’s going on in North Korea! No... [ more ]

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Pozières Consulting named by Consulting Magazine one of their ‘Seven to watch in 2017’

In an industry that favor’s large faceless consulting houses, Pozières Consulting’s bespoke thematic approach to political and security risk has set it apart from its’ competitors. Our industry struggles with competing pressures of discretion and advocacy while sometimes resembling a business model of an old speak-easy. Therefore engaging with new clients while still maintaining the limited public profile that our... [ more ]

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Australia’s Property Bubble

Australian’s need an intervention, a wake-up call – Australia is home to the only forty year olds in the world who don’t know what a recession is or what 10%+ interest rates feel like. 25 years of sustained economic growth off the back of a mining boom and a 38% growth in population has insulated an entire generation of Australian... [ more ]

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Western Australian Premier requests Pozieres Day Declaration

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has written to the Prime Minister requesting July 23 be recognised across the country as Pozieres Day, to commemorate the WWI battle. The campaign to take the French village of Pozieres began 101 years ago as part of the larger battle of the Somme, which had started at the beginning of July, 1916. Over seven... [ more ]

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Aung San Suu Kyi and the Tatmadaw

The democratically elected government in Myanmar under Aung San Suu Kyi has so far disappointed many voters and international observers. Her supporters blame the military for the government’s shortcomings, but this argument remains unconvincing. The National League for Democracy (NLD) has been in power in Myanmar for over a year now, following its landslide victory in the November 2015 elections.... [ more ]

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Expropriation in Venezuela

The automaker General Motors (GM) has been involved in another expropriatory event, this time in Venezuela. Having also experienced expropriation attempts in Uzbekistan last year, GM has now pulled out of its operations in Venezuela following a government takeover of its plant amid large-scale violent protests. On Thursday, GM issued a statement claiming public authorities “unexpectedly” took over its plant,... [ more ]

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What our Graduate Programme taught us about Political Risk

Pozières Consulting launched its’ ‘Candidate Exposure Programme’ in 2016 to replace its graduate programme of previous years. The original graduate programme was the result of a recruitment drive in 2015 that received a huge number of applications and many very qualified analysts; the problem was that most of the applicants could not demonstrate the ability to or experience in presenting... [ more ]

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Trump wades into the South China Sea

We have been waiting to see what a Trump presidency really means for the Asia Pacific region and US-China relations more specifically. There has been growing concerns about a possible trade war between the two countries which could in turn threaten already anemic global growth. Recent comments by the Trump administration however have given rise to the much greater concern... [ more ]

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Industrial Revolution 4.0.

The idea of a future where advanced technologies have solved the economic problems of human want has been around for more than 100 years. It was John Maynard Keynes who prophesized nearly a century ago that we would suffer technological unemployment as he termed it – a period of economic abundance brought on by new technologies that would satisfy all... [ more ]