The list is our attempt to respond to what we see as a relatively underdeveloped marketplace of ideas when it comes to scenario planning for expropriation, unfair regulatory intervention, nationalizations, and resource nationalism events that have an impact on foreign investors in emerging markets.
Last May, Ell & Nikki, a duo from Azerbaijan, won the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. TIME Magazine reports that the country’s President, Ilham Aliyev, treated the musical win like a military triumph, describing it as “a victory for the people of Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani state.” By winning the pan-European singing contest—which, kitschy as it [...]
One doesn’t often associate the term “corporate social responsibility” with Chinese state-owned businesses, but it would be a mistake to assume that an unguided or less regulated set of standard operating procedures would necessarily produce a competitive advantage. In a number of African nations, local communities are beginning to experience a backlash against their new [...]
Foreign policy used to be a craft practised by diplomats and statesmen. No longer.
Corporate strategies often lack integrity, primarily in the infrastructure of strategy and occasionally in moral wherewithal. Tonight, the Global Business Coalition will recognize the profound efforts of an organization that looked beyond publicity, beyond even bureaucracy to improve not only the health and lifestyle of their employees but the lives of thousands, perhaps millions of [...]
Robert Amsterdam’s speech on corporate foreign policy in Helsinki, Finland.
The current economic climate and its effects on both the developed and underdeveloped worlds have been thoroughly documented by our team here at Corporate Foreign Policy. How MNCs manage corporate social responsibility in lieu of the economic recession and in to a bold new era of uncertainty must indeed also be reviewed from a geopolitical [...]
There are many initiatives currently undertaken by the international community to ‘aid‘ Africa. Most are now scrutinized, and rightly so, for being a strategic investment in a relationship with a growing geo-political force. In the tough times of a global economic recession, efficiency and swiftness sometimes outrank long-term growth, and figurative seed-planting for the future [...]
John Duffel’s blog “Letters from Namitembo“, documents The Daily Times of Malawi running a twelve-page advertising spread entitled “50 Years of Democratic Reform in Tibet.” Duffel states, “to my eye, this spread looked far more like editorial content – a newsmagazine, perhaps. This illusion is aided by the statement, which appears on all twelve pages, reading ‘Supplement [...]
An insightful article by Tom Sitati has been published in Business Daily Africa, on the role corporate social responsibility should play during the era of the credit crunch, and how corporations will be judged on how they act during this tumultuous period. Tom references Daniel Litvin, the author of Empires of Profit: Commerce, Conquest and Social [...]