Category Archives: Kidnap & Ransom

Scariest Risks of 2014

Scariest Risks 2014

As risk advisors, WillisWire bloggers tend to think less of ghouls and goblins during the Halloween season than of the frightening real risks our clients face. This year they faced more than their share of new ones, with ISIS, Ukraine, … 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 →

Ukrainian Unrest

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

After a brief respite in violence, at least 77 people including a number of police and journalists are reported to have been killed over the past few days in renewed violence in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. This period of hostility was … Continue reading →

Consider Emerging Market Supply Chain Risks in Mining

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Developing natural resources in emerging markets can be rewarding, but it requires an in-depth assessment of the associated risks alongside robust supply chain management. Continue reading →

The 12 Risks of Christmas: How We Helped Santa This Year

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Everyone knows Santa to be a great humanitarian and a “jolly old elf,” but he wants to be known for something else: business transparency. So, in our latest client meeting with St. Nick and his senior elf management, they asked … Continue reading →

North American Insurance Buyers Facing Improved Market Conditions

Marketplace Realities: 2014

Property insurance rates are coming down, and the upward rate pressure on many other lines of business is easing. This is the word from Willis North America’s Marketplace Realities, the longstanding semiannual publication predicting price movement and key trends for … Continue reading →

Continuing Violence in Middle East and North Africa Highlights Dangers of Working and Travelling in the Region

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The sudden closures of a number of Western embassies and the withdrawal of diplomatic staff in Middle Eastern and North African countries last week has put the operational dangers of working and travelling in the region into sharp focus. Continue reading →

Pakistan’s Election Cycle and Collateral Violence

Al Zarar MBT during the IDEAS 2006 Defence Exhibition held in Karachi, Pakistan.

Elections in Pakistan mark an important milestone in the country’s democratic development. The completion of President Zardari’s term and transfer of power will be the country’s first full electoral cycle uninterrupted by military power brokers. Continue reading →

Understand your Context to Mitigate Political and Security Risks

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At a recent Alert:24 Risk Briefing in which I participated, risk professionals reflected on the measures that businesses should take to mitigate a variety of socio-economic, political and security risks, which permeate emerging markets. Such risk exposures have been highlighted … Continue reading →

Rising Security Threats in Nigeria

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Nigeria, the oil-rich West African nation headed by President Goodluck Jonathan, appears to be experiencing a broadening of security concerns – demonstrated by a string of recent kidnappings. Continue reading →