Blogger Archives: Tim Holt

Tim Holt

Tim is Head of Inform at Alert:24, a new crisis and risk management consultancy from Special Contingency Risks. He has spent much of his career in regions of risk with the British Army, the Red Cross and on cease-fire negotiations. He has worked globally for corporations, the British Government, NGOs and the UN as a risk management adviser and responder, encouraging intelligence-driven risk management.

Emerging Threats to Airports, Aircraft and Staff

airport explosion

For corporate travellers, expatriates, airlines and ground facility providers, an upsurge in internal conflict and the proliferation of terrorism are driving threats specific to airports which heighten risks to people and assets both in the air and on the ground. Continue reading →

Security Situation in Venezuela Continues to Deteriorate


The Maduro regime is struggling to deal with the country’s crippling crime levels, stemming mostly from the growing socio-economic crises confronting the country. Continue reading →

Threats to Telecommunications Operators in Fragile and Conflict Landscapes

city destruction

According to the International Telecommunications Union, the expansion of access to telecommunications services has been one of the most dramatic economic and social developments in low-income countries over the last decade, showing accelerated rates of expansion in access to mobile … Continue reading →

Extremism on the Coat Tails of I.S.

Extremism on the Coat Tails of I.S.

Since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s declaration of a Caliphate in Syria and Iraq on 29 June 2014, numerous jihadist organisations around the world have declared fealty, invigorated by a combination of: The oxygen of publicity (amplified by social media) Association with … Continue reading →

Instability and Insecurity Allow for Further Radicalisation in Libya


With conflict noticeably resurgent over the last two weeks it appears that an increasingly unstable and divided Libya is set for further violence and political uncertainty. Continue reading →

Ebola Virus Now a Threat to Global Peace and Security


On Thursday 18th September, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa officially mutated, in the eyes of the United Nations and the President of the United States, from being a medical emergency to a threat to global security. In the words … Continue reading →

Pakistan Situation Update: Karachi Airport Attack

Attack at Jinnah International Airport

In a significant challenge to Pakistan’s authority and ability to protect strategic assets, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for an audacious attack at Karachi’s Jinnah International Airport Sunday night (8th – 9th June). Continue reading →

Terrorism in Kenya – Situation Update

Nairobi bombing May 16

The tempo, targeting and geographical extent of the terrorist threat in Kenya point to the prospect of further attacks (including abductions) in the short to medium term in spite of considerable counter-terrorism efforts by Kenya and the international community. Continue reading →

Ukraine Update

Sloviansk, Ukraine

The situation in Ukraine remains fluid, tense, and poised for a further escalation in violence that directly challenges the weaknesses of the Ukrainian state in the approach to the Presidential Elections on 25th May. The past eight days has seen … Continue reading →

The Capture of Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán

Homeland Security Investigations, a branch of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials previously announced the discovery of a large drug trafficking operation from Mexico into Arizona. Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Department of Homeland Security)

The high profile and dramatic capture of “El Chapo” marks a significant victory for Peña Nieto’s administration’s strategy on tackling drug trafficking organisations. However, it could also herald a shift in Mexico’s criminal landscape and prompt a series of swift … Continue reading →

Posts by Author in Portuguese:

Agitação ucraniana

Protester wearing Ukraine state flag colors facing the massive fire set by protesters to prevent internal forces from crossing the barricade line. Kyiv, Ukraine. Source: Mstyslav Chernov

Depois de uma breve pausa na violência, pelo menos 77 pessoas, incluindo um número de policiais e jornalistas foram relatados como mortos nos últimos dias, numa nova onda de violência na capital da Ucrânia, Kiev Continue reading →

Olimpíadas de Inverno Sochi 2014: Ameaças e Ameaçadores

Security at the Sochi Olympics

Enquanto escrevo, centenas de milhares de espectadores e participantes estão convergindo por ar, mar, ferroviário e rodoviário em direção à cidade de Sochi, sentando na sombra das montanhas caucasianas agora cobertas de neve e pelos Jogos de inverno de Krasnaya … Continue reading →

Risco na Cadeia de Fornecimento em um mundo turbulento

Anchor Chain

A combinação de experiência sobre o assunto e ampla experiência prática sustentada por evidências sólidas, compreensão histórica e presidência hábil, produziu um estimulante e instrutivo Willis Breakfast Briefing, na quarta-feira, 19 de junho. Continue reading →

Compreender o seu contexto para mitigar os riscos políticos e de segurança

Fighting terrorism in North Africa

Em um recente alerta: no 24º Briefing de Risco que eu participei, os profissionais de risco refletiram sobre as medidas que empresas devem tomar para mitigar uma série de riscos sócio-econômicos, políticos e de segurança, que permeiam os mercados emergentes. Continue reading →