There is a significant blind spot within the security community and private sector with regard to the ways in which ostensibly commercial, economic and financial activity is being used to project soft power and influence.

 

RWR has a proven track record of being able to lever­age open source intel­li­gence to shed light on this neglected area. RWR has con­ducted a num­ber of in-depth stud­ies in recent years into the strate­gic moti­va­tions behind how coun­tries, like China and Rus­sia, posi­tion them­selves strate­gi­cally using their eco­nomic and finan­cial assets — not just their mil­i­tary resources.

These types of threat assess­ments are an impor­tant to develop a“comprehensive” under­stand­ing of how geopol­i­tics and strate­gic maneu­ver­ing works in the 21st cen­tury. Issues such as Rus­sian nat­u­ral gas pipeli­nes into Europe and China’s “One Belt, One Road” ini­tia­tive war­rant close analy­sis, not just from an eco­nomic per­spec­tive, but also from a strate­gic one. RWR has the empir­i­cal infor­ma­tion and exper­tise to pro­duce such analy­sis based on data, not con­jec­ture.