Mid-Year Travel Security Outlook for Western Europe

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The international focus on Western Europe has only intensified over the past half year, with continued concern over the terrorism threat and ongoing attention on the rise of nationalist politics in key countries. The short-term outlook for terrorist activity in Western Europe is bleak, as terrorist groups (primarily ISIS) have displayed not only the desire…

Protracted Qatar Crisis Raises Travel and Business Risks in Gulf Region

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Author: Garrett Khoury Saudi-led Arab states’ demands raise prospects of a prolonged dispute with increasing political and economic risks, including for travelers and businesses. Situational Overview: Three weeks after abruptly severing diplomatic relations with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and its partners issued a list of harsh demands that Qatar must comply with within ten days or…

7 Steps for Creating a Pre-Travel Emergency Plan

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Anyone involved in their organization’s travel risk management (TRM) strategy knows that taking a proactive approach to emergency planning isn’t always easy. However, without clearly-defined processes before travel takes place, your organization could miss important details–details that could potentially lead to duty of care oversights and worst of all, hinder the health and safety of…

Considerations for Organizations Operating in High-Risk Environments: Part 2

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When operating in high-risk environments, organizations must consider an array of variables that may not pose an appreciable threat in other lower-risk locations. In this two-part blog post, Global Security Specialists Nicholas D’Intino and Raynold Lyngdoh share common issues that can help facilitate discussions within organizations such as corporations, academic institutions, nonprofits and NGOs conducting…

Considerations for Organizations Operating in High-Risk Environments: Part 1

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While there are basic safety precautions that should be considered and exercised no matter where a traveler is headed, destinations designated as ‘high-risk environments’ require even more research and planning before an organization commits to sending its travelers to these locations. Acquiring and utilizing such information appropriately allows an organization to meet one component of…

Your Organization’s Guide to Implementing a Proactive Online Risk Management Strategy

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In today’s complex global landscape, having the ability to identify, locate and communicate with your travelers during a crisis is critical to not only keeping them safe—but also meeting your  organization’s duty of care. But when your travelers and expats are spread all around the world, this level of proactive and continuous oversight can be…

Post Trip Debrief: Travel Security Consultation in Haiti

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As part of our consulting services, On Call can provide in-country site security assessments. In this post, I’ll be having a discussion with On Call Global Security Specialist Ben Longworth, who recently completed one of these site assessments in Haiti. Ben will discuss his experiences in Haiti and share best practices for organizations operating in…

Top Trends in Study Abroad (And What They Could Mean for Your Institution)

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If you’re responsible for international risk management at your college or university, you’re probably familiar with the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s 2016 Open Doors Report. An informational reference published annually in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the report covers an abundance of trends and developments in…

How to Incorporate Tripwires and Reverse-Tripwires into Travel Emergency Planning

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In a world that is becoming more accessible and seemingly more unpredictable at the same time, organizations that conduct operations abroad are facing increasingly difficult decisions. Managers often have to weigh the geopolitical and security risks associated with a location against the benefits of conducting those operations. When difficult decisions must be made, some organizations…

World Aware: 7 Top Security Risks for International Travelers [INFOGRAPHIC]

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It’s no secret our shifting global security climate is changing the way most organizations think about—and approach—travel risk management. Did you know…? Some 300,000 U.S. passports go missing each year. 95% of public Wi-Fi networks are unencrypted and aren’t protecting your information. The odds of an American dying in a terrorist attack, whether domestically or…