A newsletter on political risk in the network economy

Geopolitical conflict is returning after a brief lull in the nineties. At the same time the international economy is enormously globalized since the previous era of geopolitical competition (the Cold War). States increasingly use their economic leverage (resources, market access, centrality to financial system…) to obtain political objectives.

Therefore the potential of international conflict having an impact on how international firms conduct their business is steadily increasing.

We follow how international conflict has and might have an impact on supply chains, how economic statecraft is evolving and could impact firms’ market access and sourcing and how the digital domain is developing as the next frontier of geopolitical conflict through cyber and information warfare.

What you’ll get

I inform you how political risk is disrupting supply chains, market access and digital networks. We provide context to current cases of political disruption and analyse where (which locations and sectors) there’s a high potential for political disruption in the future.

You’ll receive each month:

  • An overview of how how political events disrupt business operations.

  • An in depth view of how political disruption works.

Who will benefit from reading Political Disruption:

  • CEOs and other C-level employees of firms with international exposure (probably any firm) who want to stay abreast of how political risk is evolving and is impacting global supply chains and markets.

  • Supply chain managers who need actionable insights to make their supply chains more resilient.

  • Export managers who want to understand how economic statecraft is changing their markets.

About Hans Diels

I’m a (geo)political risk consultant assisting international businesses in assessing the political risks in their international endeavours. Before, I worked at a Belgian employers organisation as a geopolitical expert. I got to know international politics as Belgium’s representative to the EU’s Trade Policy Subcommittee on Services and Investment, at the Belgian Parliament, the US embassy and as a researcher on international governance at the University of Antwerp. I obtained my Master’s Degree in Political Science Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louvain, a postgraduate degree in International Relations Cum Laude from the Université Catholique de Louvain-la-Neuve and studied economics through the LSE External Programme.

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