Terror attack in central London highlights growing risk of lone-wolf attacks

By | March 23rd, 2017|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On March 22nd, a terror attack occurred in Central London. An armed man in his vehicle plowed through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before coming to a halt in front of the British parliament. Where he then stabbed a police officer, who later died. The offender was later killed by police. The attack was felt across [...]

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Filipino government terminates ceasefire with communist rebels

By | February 17th, 2017|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Philippines is no stranger to an active insurgency, as they have been deeply entrenched in conflict with Islamic militants and communist rebels. When President Rodrigo R. Duterte took office in June 2016, he declared a unilateral ceasefire with the communists in his nationwide address. This was believed to be in an effort to find [...]

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Anti-corruption protests in Romania

By | February 8th, 2017|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Unrest which had simmered during January exploded into full-blown mass protests in cities throughout Romania. The protests began on January 29th, after the government pushed through a controversial set of legislative amendments regarding corruption. During the last few days’ crowds in their thousands have gathered in and around Victory square in Bucharest. Although legislation was rolled [...]

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Trump protests in the United States

By | January 20th, 2017|Categories: Case Studies|

The recent US presidential election in November, 2016, spurred a wide range of demonstrations across the United States. After what can be regarded as one of the most controversial presidential elections in US history, those unhappy with the results have since organized numerous protests, most notably in major cities such as Washington D.C., New York City, [...]

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Presidential transition in Gambia

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Case Studies|

As travelers in foreign lands we rarely take time to study the political environments of the places we go to in detail. However, political developments can escalate rapidly, and cause disruptive or even dangerous situations for travelers abroad. After 22 years in power, Gambian president Yahya Jammeh was defeated in elections in December 2016. Despite [...]

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Southern rail strikes in England

By | January 17th, 2017|Categories: Case Studies|

Since October 2016, Southern rail has been hit by several crippling strikes, which have affected passengers travelling between south England, south-east England and London. Although strikes are not uncommon in the United Kingdom, the action by Southern rail workers has been described as one of the longest running disputes in the British rail history. During the [...]

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Shooting at Fort Lauderdale

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Case Studies|

On January 6th, 2017, a man opened fire in the baggage area of Terminal 2 at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, USA. The attack killed five people and wounded eight others. The motive behind the shooting has not been clearly established, though the shooter was acting alone.This incident was one part of a bigger trend of mass [...]

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Eruption of Turrialba Volcano, Costa Rica

By | January 3rd, 2017|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A 2 km security perimeter was established around Turrialba Volcano, in Cartago Province, following several eruptions during December 2016 and January 2017. A state of emergency was declared in the surrounding area, including the capital of San Jose. Large ash clouds caused a risk of disruption to air traffic in the area, airports in the area [...]

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Flooding in East Malaysia and Southern Thailand

By | December 30th, 2016|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There have been regular floods in East Malaysia and Southern Thailand during the end of December, due to the north-east monsoon season. In 2014, the worst-flooding in decades hit the east coast peninsular of Malaysia, which completely paralyzed local transportation, especially in Kelantan and Terengganu states; resulting in dozens of casualties, and huge property losses. [...]

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Berlin Attack

By | December 19th, 2016|Categories: Case Studies|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

On December 19th, 2016 a truck rammed into a Christmas market in Berlin, which killed 12 people and injured 56 others. The Berlin attack was a tragedy, and highlights the risk of terrorism in Europe.  The UK Foreign Office placed a high threat from terrorism in Germany before the incident. Their advice was that attacks could occur [...]

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