South Sudan became an independent country in July 2011. From the start, ethnic friction has threatened the fragile nation. By December 2013, fighting erupted in Juba, the capital and largest city, and quickly spread to other parts of the country. Read full blog post
Through a campaign of near-continuous and disruptive hartals (shutdown strikes) and violent street demonstrations, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has sought to create an atmosphere in which it will be difficult to hold the January 2014 elections. The BNP believes that the elections will not be fair and free if the ruling party does not step down to allow for a neutral interim government to oversee the elections. Given this atmosphere, personnel should defer non-essential travel to Bangladesh.
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I was recently asked to connect on LinkedIn with someone who had almost 20 million connections. I responded in my usual fashion, “Thank you for the invitation to connect. Please advise how I may help you in your business; I believe it is important to engage my network and appreciate the courtesy of a reply.” Read full blog post
We’ve all seen and cringed at the headlines over the past six months where female travelers have been assaulted. It happened to an American riding a minibus together with her boyfriend in Rio de Janeiro. And it’s been happening in Egypt during the most recent uprisings. Read full blog post
Next Week, more than 40 million Americans will take to the road, rails and skies as they head out of town for the July 4 holiday, according to AAA. That includes three million who will travel by air, some of them to foreign destinations. Read full blog post
As we recently discussed, it is our core responsibility as managers and leaders in the security field to ensure the safety of the people to whom we are accountable, be they international travelers, expatriates, or their dependents. No matter what unexpected challenges are presented – from political unrest, to natural disasters, to concerns of international cyber security risks threatening our global infrastructure – we maintain our goal to fulfill this Duty of Care responsibility in an overarching effort to make the world less dangerous, no matter the destination. Read full blog post
A hike along the Inca Trail near Machu Picchu in Peru was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. But it quickly turned into a medical emergency that required my evacuation to the United States, and eventually back home to Australia. Good thing I had a plan in place, just in case something happened. Read full blog post
Last week, we took a look at medical tips for a safe spring break. But medical is only part of the equation when traveling abroad. Equally important are security considerations. Read full blog post
When Quigley family members travel, we go through a checklist that focuses on preparation and information. We make sure that all family members have full knowledge of the trip timeline and schedule regular check-in calls to be sure all is OK. As a physician, I also research healthcare facilities in the destination location, as well as security concerns. Read full blog post
Breaking down barriers is a challenge in nearly every organization, but there are ways to open lines of communication. In my position with Thomson Reuters, part of my role is to communicate the importance of security to our 55,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries around the world.
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