The Fletcher Political Risk Student Case Competition

The Competition

The Fletcher Political Risk Case Competition is a one-of-a-kind event that challenges students to apply their knowledge of geopolitics and business strategy to the world of political risk consulting. With the mentorship of political risk professionals, teams will compose and present a report on a contemporary political risk issue facing a real-life multinational enterprise.

Our mission is for students of all backgrounds to develop skills and experience in conducting political risk analysis and provide networking opportunities to connect young professionals with leading firms. The Competition aims to promote the field of political risk as an important dimension of international business strategy.

2019 Competition

The second annual Fletcher Political Risk Case Study Competition will ask student groups of between 2 to 5 people to identify and assess political risks facing a US-based company with significant operations or assets in Mexico. Groups will need to outline the short to medium term risks that the company of their choice faces in light of a variety of factors influencing US-Mexico relations, including but not limited to, changing trade dynamics, domestic political factors, security concerns, and economic linkages.


Groups will be asked to prepare a report that identifies the specific risks facing their company, and perform a scenario analysis that will set out the consequences for the firm should those risks eventuate. This approach to political risk analysis requires students to think deeply about the underlying forces driving identified risks, and what events may exacerbate their company’s vulnerability and potential for loss in light of these risks. Identified risks will need to be specific, but companies are more than likely to be facing many risks at once. High quality submissions will explore three or four likely scenarios which could have material impacts for their chosen company. From this analysis, groups will then recommend an appropriate risk mitigation strategy for the firm to adopt.

Political Risk Masterclass

To support the development of your cases, FPRG will host a Political Risk Masterclass on Friday December 7, 2018, and will focus on how to develop a scenario analysis. The intent of the masterclass is to give teams the necessary tools required to assess risks and develop mitigation strategies for the competition, and the competition will score teams on their ability to implement the skills instructed at the masterclass. At least one member of each team must attend this workshop. More details on the workshop can be found here.

Registration and dates of note

Interested teams should email by 5 p.m. Sunday November 18 with the list of members in their team, university affiliation of members, and the name of the company that they intend to examine.

Teams will also need to submit a brief proposal (no more than 500 words) by 5 p.m. Friday November 30, 2018, which should include a description of the company, the nature of its operations in Mexico, and an initial overview of the risks that your group intends to examine.

Final reports, to be no more than 3,000 words (not including appendices), will be due for submission by 5 p.m. Monday January 21, 2019. Groups will be given instructions and suggested structure following the registration period.

Finalists for the competition will be notified by Monday 11 February, 2019, and will be paired with a professional mentor to refine their case ahead of the annual Fletcher Political Risk Conference on Friday March 8, 2019, where finalists will present their reports and recommendations to a panel of political risk professionals. Presentations will need to be 10 minutes long, followed by 5 minutes of questions from judges.

Questions can be directed to the FPRG email at

2018 competition winner


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