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    Putin, Policy & the Presidency: Inertia and Uncertainty in the Fourth Term

    After Putin’s unsurprising victory in the Russian presidential election on 18 March, focus has shifted to expectations for Putin’s fourth, and officially last, term in office. With few catalysts for change present in the Russian political landscape, inertia in the domestic sphere and uncertainty in foreign policy is likely to characterise Putin’s fourth… 

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    Don't Click that Link! Cyber-extortion in 2018

    In addition to the direct threat posed by cyber-criminals and state-actors engaged in illicit online activities, firms should also be aware of how cyber-extortion can have reputational and regulatory implications as well.

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    Anatomy of a virtual kidnapping

    The frequency and geographic reach of virtual kidnappings continued to increase in 2017. A noticeable new trend has entailed the targeting of Chinese nationals in both Southeast Asia and the US, whereas Spanish speaking nationals in Latin America, the US and Europe have historically remained the primary targets. We explore the ins and outs of this scam… 

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    The Islamic State in 2018

    S-RM asked Julian Davies, Head of Consulting, to give his insights into the threat Islamic State poses to the West in 2018 following its losses in the Middle East last year.

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    North Korea

    Despite sanctions and diplomatic isolation, North Korea has maintained the upper-hand going into 2018. Using the promise of talks and good behaviour, it will attempt to drive a wedge between South Korea and the US. Furthermore, Washington's efforts to contain the country's nuclear ambitions by improving the missile-defence capabilities of its allies… 

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    The Russian Connection

    Just over a year ago, most commentators believed that Donald Trump's presidency would mark an easing of strained relations between the US and Russia. Trump's rhetoric throughout his campaign bolstered this assumption: “I would love to be able to get along with Russia. Now, you've had a lot of presidents that haven't taken that tack. Look where we are… 

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    Travel Restrictions in 2018 - A Global Outlook

    Government enforced travel restrictions, often in the context of a State of Emergency (SoE), can result in disruptions to transport and commercial operations. Travellers can expect restrictions on freedom of movement and expression, including security checkpoints, curfews and communications disruptions. Although countries like Egypt have a long history…