Category Archives: Kidnap & Ransom

The risk manager of the future

Some people miss the good old days. I don’t. I’ve been around since the days when business was done on a napkin with people who were more like buddies than business partners and yes, when the deal was done, there … Continue reading →

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

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 →

Preparing for Threats Facing Your Organisation and its People

under threat

We live and operate in a world where competition, innovation and opportunity require us to expand into ever more challenging environments. The returns can be high and in pursuit of the same, we require our most valuable assets (our people) … Continue reading →

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

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

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

tanker in mist

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 →

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

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 →