Political Risk on the Rise: The Peril of Emerging Markets

Control Risks authoritative annual report on the global business, political and security environment, RiskMap 2014, maps the trends that our multinational clients need to track as the new year unfolds. As always, we provide a top level analysis augmented with detailed regional, sectoral and country-by-country ratings, as well as a look at piracy, kidnap & ransom and terrorism risks. Register here Read full blog post »

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South Sudan – When Can Organizations Return?

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For those who recently left the country, this is now the number one question.

Scanning the rolling news channels may not provide an immediate answer, as television reports paint a rather confused picture of tribal fighting that seems to ebb and flow (hardly surprising since ‘confused’ accurately describes the situation in South Sudan right now). Read full blog post »

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Tips for a Busy Holiday Season

International holiday travel this year is expected to be busier and more challenging than in 2012. There’s a lot happening out there, with events in Ukraine and Bangladesh, smog in China, MERS CoV in the middleeast and even several early snowfalls in the Northeastern United States. To help you minimize the risks that come with travel disruptions, we’ve come up with some common-sense guidelines you can use to have an enjoyable experience—and avoid headaches. As always, advance preparation can make the difference between a satisfying trip and one filled with inconveniences or worse. I’d encourage you to also share these tips with your employees who are traveling for business and leisure.
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Bangladesh: Watching the Situation Unfold

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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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A Focus on Russia: Common Tripwires to Avoid as the Winter Games Approach

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With the 2014 Winter Games fast approaching, the international spotlight is on Sochi, prompting travelers to consider the main risks associated with travel to a Russian region bordering Georgia’s separatist region of Abkhazia – which is under the de facto control of Russia – and the troubled North Caucasus. Read full blog post »

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Duty of Care: The Masters Series

In a webinar today, Dr. Lisbeth Claus and I identified how well organizations are fulfilling their Duty of Care, thus mitigating those “foreseeable” risks their employees are facing everyday as they live or travel across the world. Utilizing the Integrated Duty of Care Risk Management Model, we guided attendees through an interactive plan, do and check exercise so listeners could easily benchmark their own organizations. Each step in the model poses important questions and checks that organizations should consider as they strive to keep their globally-mobile workforce healthy, safe and secure.
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Typhoon Haiyan: Safeguarding Staff in Times of Turmoil

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“There’s no place in the world where there are no business travelers.”

This quote came from an interview Patrick Deroose, a colleague of mine who is a logistical genius who has shaped the assistance industry, did with New York Times travel business columnist Joe Sharkey. That’s certainly the case as we assist travelers even in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit in more remote parts of the country. Read full blog post »

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