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.

Keeping the Peace in New Urban Centres

glass bullethole

At its most dystopian, violent conflict between competing interests could become a norm in an increasingly urbanized world. Continue reading →

Paris Terror Attacks Tragic but not Unexpected

Reuters: Paris terrorism

Last week’s attacks on Charlie Hebdo’s offices in Paris are testament to an increasingly insidious and networked ideology, driving the extension of Islamic extremism and violence across many parts of the globe. These attacks in Paris, as well as other … Continue reading →

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 →

Our Scariest Terrorism Risk – Spread of the Terrorist Threat

Scariest risks 2014

What has been striking in the more exposed regions of the world is the speed, fluidity and spread of threats to people. In Mexico and Venezuela, for example, we have noted a continued increase in ‘express kidnaps’ in which local … 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 →

Posts by Author in Portuguese:

Agitação ucraniana

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 Continuar lendo →

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 … Continuar lendo →

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. Continuar lendo →

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. Continuar lendo →