Category Archives: Terrorism

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 →

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 →

Senate Passes 7-Year TRIA Extension; House Warns of Further Delays


As widely anticipated, the U.S. Senate today, in a 93 to 4 vote, passed a seven-year extension of the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act. The legislation—authored by New York Congressman Chuck Schummer, along with Mark Kirk of Illinois, Bob Menendez of … 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 →

Current TRIPRA Momentum Bodes Well for Passage


On June 3rd 2014, the Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee of the U.S. Senate took a step forward in the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act 2007 extension debate by reporting out legislation (S.2244) to extend the program for … 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 →

Senate Bill to Extend TRIA: Positive, but no Guarantee

Senate Passes TRIA

Yesterday, Democratic and Republican Senators  jointly  submitted draft legislation that proposes a seven-year extension to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 (“TRIPRA”).  This seven-year extension proposes minor changes to the current legislation: Continue reading →

RAND Study: TRIA Expiration Could “Affect U.S. National Resilience”

Pentagon 9/11 attack

The Terrorism Risk Insurance Act (TRIA), which provides a federal backstop for insured terrorism losses, will expire later in 2014. There’s been plenty of discussion about the disruption to insurance markets that could be created by failure to renew this … Continue reading →