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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The UK plays the long game in relations with the U.S.

Dr. James Jay Carafano

The UK and the U.S., traditionally close allies, agreed on most policy matters during the Trump presidency. However, rifts between the two countries have appeared under the Biden administration. While London and Washington are likely to keep on cooperating on a broad range of matters, the relationship between the two nations could grow more contentious.

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The UK plays the long game in relations with the U.S.

The UK and the U.S., traditionally close allies, agreed on most policy matters during the Trump presidency. However, rifts between the two countries have appeared under the Biden administration. While London and Washington are likely to keep on cooperating on a broad range of matters, the relationship between the two nations could grow more contentious.

Dr. James Jay Carafano
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Parsing the ECB’s strategy on ‘lower bound’ inflation

In its latest strategy statement, the European Central Bank points to the “lower bound” of inflation – zero percent or lower – as an economic trap that must be avoided through “forceful” and “persistent” measures. But as those measures are already losing effectiveness, it is worth considering whether the free-money tap of quantitative easing might be the real problem.

Professor Elisabeth Krecké
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Scenarios for Afghanistan’s critical raw materials

Beijing has long had its eye on Afghanistan’s wealth of resources, but successive projects have failed because of political instability. However, with the global demand for critical raw materials rising sharply, Chinese control of the Afghan mining sector would have profound geopolitical consequences for the West in general and the European Union in particular.

Dr. Frank Umbach
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GIS Essay: What makes for a stable and resilient society?

The strength and resilience of the United Kingdom’s democratic institutions come from centuries of tradition and gradual reform. But a wave of antiestablishment politicians and voters would now throw away this rich heritage and replace it with brand new structures. This endeavor carries tremendous risk, as history shows.

David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool
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The role of the Balkans in the Afghan refugee crisis

A mass flight from Afghanistan is expected as the country sinks into chaos and the Taliban tighten their oppressive rule. Europe fears a repeat of the 2015 migration crisis when it became the preferred destination of refugees from Syria. The EU is still reeling from the political turmoil caused by these migrations. Can the Balkans and other countries help hold the refugees from Afghanistan now? 

Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
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A closer look at the Eurasian Economic Union

In theory, the Eurasian Economic Union should be an important economic influence globally. Combined, its five members’ GDP outweigh that of Germany. Yet, it has struggled to find relevance, not least because it has not managed to build true economic integration. Much of that has to do with the outsized influence Russia plays in the organization. Can it overcome the hurdles?

Professor Dr. Evgeny Gontmakher