Armenian PM ousted following massive street protests

By | 2018-05-23T13:40:20+00:00 May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

The democracy beacon in Armenia was finally lightened when Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan resigned after days of street protests. His resignation was regarded as the victory of the masses against the ruling party that attempted to extend Sargsyan’s rule. The movement would not have succeeded without the efforts of the opposition leader Nikol Pashinian, who [...]

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Russia 2018 World Cup – Hooliganism and Crime

By | 2018-05-18T16:35:58+00:00 May 18th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Hooliganism is one of the main security threats during any football event. The World Cup in Russia will be no different.  What we know as football hooliganism peaked and has its European roots in the 1980’s in United Kingdom. The movement came to be heavily countered by authorities in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s [...]

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April in Review

By | 2018-05-05T11:51:14+00:00 May 4th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Following are some of major events that have been dominating the global headlines in the month of April:   Leaders’ summit marks first significant step toward greater stability in Korean Peninsula The leaders of both North and South Koreas held a historic summit at the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) where a declaration was made [...]

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Rolling strikes cripple France as Macron presses ahead with rail reforms

By | 2018-04-19T15:03:59+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

France was grind to a halt in the beginning of April as rail workers launched a series of strikes over President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to overhaul the sector. The strikes that are expected to last until June have been regarded as one of Macron’s biggest tests since he assumed office in 2017. To aggravate the [...]

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Cyclone Gita brings adverse weather conditions to New Zealand

By | 2018-04-13T14:08:00+00:00 April 13th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

In the beginning of February 2018, ex-tropical cyclone Fehi smashed into the West Coast, the South Island of New Zealand, destroying homes, closing roads and triggering discussion about the vulnerability of coastal communities. Just three weeks later, the locals faced a new disaster – Cyclone Gita that approached the same region of the country but [...]

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March in Review

By | 2018-04-06T16:05:55+00:00 April 6th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Following are some of major events that have been dominating the global headlines in the month of March:   Diplomatic rift between UK and Moscow widens amidst poisoning of ex-spy  The diplomatic relationship between the United Kingdom and Russia ebbed to a new low in March when an attempted poisoning of an ex-Russian spy [...]

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Russia 2018 World Cup – Security Overview

By | 2018-05-18T12:45:30+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

Event coverage by GWS The FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held in Russia from June 14th  until July 15th. Amid the celebrations and soccer adrenaline, most travelers worry about safety and the logistic involved in attending the matches and joining the fun. GWS will, in a series of articles, approach these issues and provide useful [...]

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Mexico sees increased violence in popular tourist destinations

By | 2018-03-14T15:54:12+00:00 March 14th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

At the end of January 2018, additional security forces were dispatched across major Mexican tourist destinations amid increased violence between criminal gangs and security forces. Violence related to organized crime has increased since 2017, affecting several regions in Mexico including popular tourist destinations. Criminal groups, including drug cartels, are very active in parts of the [...]

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ELN attacks increase following ceasefire expiration in Colombia

By | 2018-03-07T14:10:37+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

In the wake of the end of a three-month ceasefire agreement between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (Ejército de Liberación Nacional – ELN), a series of violent incidents attributed to the guerrilla have been reported across the country, counting attacks on oil pipelines and military bases. Colombia has faced decades of conflicts [...]

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Floods in France as storms wreak havoc across the country

By | 2018-03-02T16:04:10+00:00 March 2nd, 2018|Categories: Case Studies|

In January 2018, a series of storms wreaked havoc across France resulting in floods and disruptions in urban and rural areas, including coastal regions. Travelers had to adjust their plans relying on weather forecast and recommendations of risk management specialists. Weeks of rainfall produced a relentless rise in the water level, and on 29 January, [...]

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