Country Risk Analysis 1: Political Risk Indicators, Geo-Economics and Report Writing [Summer School]

This description applies to an earlier year. For links to my 2019 Summer School courses at Maastricht University, please have a look at this overview.

The recent developments in Turkey, the social unrest in Venezuela and the ongoing conflict in the Ukraine underline the continued importance of political risk analysis for companies. This course teaches you the skills necessary to study political risks, and explore how these risks can affect the economic growth potential of Emerging Markets.

How can political risk be defined? What indicators can we use to assess political risk? And how can geo-economics and natural resources affect political risk? To answer these questions, you do two individual assignments in which you analyse data from Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa for one political risk indicator. In the subsequent group assignment, you write the political risk section of a country risk report about one of these countries. The other group assignment concerns the development of geo-economic scenarios that involve the aforementioned nation-states. You present all your findings in class. Interactive lectures and roundtable discussions help you prepare for your assignments.

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