Brazil in the Headlines: How Travelers Can Stay Safe

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As Brazil gears up for the World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016, many organizations are asking if the country will be ready for the influx of travelers. They are also taking a close look at the risks and benefits of sending travelers to these events. Read full blog post »

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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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Duty of Care and the Safety Network

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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 »

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Confederations Cup Kicks Off in Brazil: Key Considerations for Travelers

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As international travelers begin streaming into Brazil for the start of next week’s 2013 Confederations Cup, it’s a good idea to take a look at the health and safety aspects of what should prove to be an exciting, worthwhile event, that is, for those who prepare in advance. Read full blog post »

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Heading to the Olympics? Take Safety and Duty of Care Into Consideration

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Late this month, the UK kicks off the largest peacetime security operation in the country’s history to ensure an incident-free Summer Olympics, which runs from July 27 through Aug. 12. It’s followed later this summer by the Paralympics, from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.
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Are Your Travelers and Expatriates In Danger Now In Egypt?

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A little over a year ago, I was on the ground in Cairo helping our members evacuate from Egypt. Today, my colleagues are on the ground in Egypt and many of you are finding yourselves behind closed doors in the position of looking at the situation again there and strategizing next steps.
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Reliving Russia: Tips to Keep You Out of Danger

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During five years of living and traveling throughout Russia (1988-91, 1999-2001) plus a series of shorter trips to that country, starting in 1987 and continuing through the 1990s, I, like many others, became intensely fascinated by the Russian people and their remarkable culture, to include their history, language, literature, music, theater, cuisine and just general manner of dealing with one another and with non-Russians. Read full blog post »

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