We help to operate in times of political, economic and technological disruptions

providing basis for decision in business, administration and education

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Navigating global trends, examining issues

GIS Advisory Services provides its clients with expert insight on how to navigate complex geopolitical situations and respond to trends globally and in specific regions or countries. Decision makers need a broad perspective in today’s rapidly changing world. GIS insights come from our one-of-a-kind network of experts with specific, local, sector-based knowledge and their own networks of sources.

Politics Economy and Trade Technology Security & Defense Energy Society & Civilization

Identifying consequences of economic and political trends

We specialize in forecasting the long-term intended and especially, unintended, consequences of short-term measures. Our analysis of geopolitics is down-to-earth, translating lessons drawn from historical legacies and geographical facts into practical, operational tools. Geopolitics, as we understand it, allows the development of realistic scenarios and fosters out-of-the-box thinking. We deliver scenarios based on probabilities and help clients understand the rationale of players in the other countries

Laying out scenarios for future developments

Change is a constant. We provide unique, up-to-date, on-point analysis and insight. Our well-structured dossiers include critical background. Drawing on our experts’ local knowledge and networks, we help all clients secure a decisive edge in anticipating future developments. This gives them the opportunity to operate effectively and reposition themselves as needed in a shifting international environment

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Focusing on customer relevance

Leadership means envisioning the future differently than others. Risk-taking is what drives business. We help our clients identify and seize opportunities where others see only unmanageable risk. Overcoming obstacles creates a competitive advantage. Our goal is to be an indispensable source of intelligence, giving our customers a better understanding of the challenges they face and an edge in making decisions.

Prince Michael's of Liechtenstein comment
Prince Michael's of Liechtenstein comment

Advice based on relevance and in-depth expertise

We have a select, global network of experts. The qualifications we require of them are profound background knowledge of the region or sector they specialize in, and a network of relations which gives them additional information. This allows GIS to offer advice based on genuine information that is not limited to open-source data.

GIS was founded in Liechtenstein, a country which is neutral and, due to its size, highly dependent on decisions and developments in other countries. It has always been essential for Liechtenstein to be informed about developments and trends. On the other hand, it has to be impartial, as its possibilities to influence international decisions are limited. The neutrality of Liechtenstein, together with the careful selection of experts, allows GIS to be impartial and to remain purely fact-based.

The need to collect solid and relevant information, not tainted by interests or ideologies, was the reason behind the creation of Geopolitical Intelligence Services (GIS). Our expert network allows us to offer customized advisory services and to identify the right advisors for specific needs.

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Interested in GIS Overview? See our reports

Every week GIS customers receive access to five highly accurate reports, which are not products of journalism, but forward looking reviews, with only necessary background. Our reports focus only on issues and trends that are relevant to the topic.

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Opinion: Honduras pays the price for being a captured state

Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin

Homicide levels in Honduras are some of the highest in the world. The country is also one of the poorest in the region. Solving these problems seems a distant prospect, however, as the current president and his coterie are enmeshed in the corruption and drug-trafficking that cause them. With the Trump administration counting the Honduran government as an ally in its fight against illegal immigration, there is little prospect for change.

  • Report
  • Analysis

Opinion: Honduras pays the price for being a captured state

Homicide levels in Honduras are some of the highest in the world. The country is also one of the poorest in the region. Solving these problems seems a distant prospect, however, as the current president and his coterie are enmeshed in the corruption and drug-trafficking that cause them. With the Trump administration counting the Honduran government as an ally in its fight against illegal immigration, there is little prospect for change.

Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
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  • Scenarios

The U.S.-China trade tug-of-war, status report

U.S. President Trump’s administration may find it possible to clinch the first phase of a comprehensive trade deal with China as a way to harvest the low-hanging fruit. The real challenge will be completing Phase Two, which will cover more contentious issues, especially as the presidential campaign gains speed in 2020.

Riley Walters
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A fragile alliance in the DRC

President Felix Tshihekedi came to power thanks to an agreement with former president Joseph Kabila, who ruled the DRC for nearly two decades and who still holds sway over much of the country. If their pact holds, President Tshihekedi could implement reforms that will tap into the country’s economic potential, but far-reaching political change is unlikely.

Teresa Nogueira Pinto
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Looking for compromise on Ethiopia’s Renaissance Dam

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan are struggling to strike a deal over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, a $4.8 billion project in the works since 2011. Situated on the Blue Nile, the dam would triple Ethiopia’s electricity production and generate much-needed economic growth. But Egypt has ancient ties to the great river, as well as more recent political and economic interests in shaping how its waters are dispersed through the Nile basin. At stake is also American influence in the region: if the parties can’t reach an agreement in the U.S.-led process, Russia and China may be tempted to step in.

Ambassador Zvi Mazel
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Will the EU change its focus and reshape its budget?

Despite a disappointing economic track record, the European Union still has significant support among voters. However, this popularity is mostly due to a lack of trust in national politics. To live up to the public’s expectations, the EU will need to make significant adjustments to its spending patterns to tackle migration and climate change issues head on.

Professor Enrico Colombatto
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Blockchain in shipping, more than a buzzword

Blockchain could considerably lighten the administrative load of the maritime transport industry, in addition to preventing devastating cyberattacks. However, companies are hesitant to adopt the technology because of the legal uncertainty that surrounds it. The current lack of comprehensive regulations is perceived as a security liability, but there are also fears of overregulation during the next term of the EU Commission.

Emma Hadrovic