The annual analysis for 2018 provides an overview of current and emerging points of conflict and offers an assessment of their development. This issue focuses on the Middle East with its rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, who both seek to control the region. Tensions are expected in Europe as well, however: Poland is rubbing its citizens and the EU up the wrong way with its policies. A look at Latin America shows that the coming months will be decisive for Brazil: elections will take place this year, all while investigations into the Petrobras scandal continue and some regions struggle with growing financial concerns. The annual analysis cannot claim to be comprehensive. Rather, it is intended to provide assistance to Soliswiss members, travelers and Swiss citizens abroad as well as highlight developments.
Summertime is holiday time! Perhaps you’ll be traveling for a few days abroad, discovering new countries. This inevitably begs the question of the safety and political risks of the holiday destination. The answer can be found in the new Soliswiss Country Ranking 2017.
North Korea, 11/04/2017
Despite it breaching international agreements, North Korea is testing rockets and nuclear weapons. North Korea’s president, Kim Jong Un, is provoking the international community with his actions and raising concerns about a nuclear attack. The USA is threatening severe action and in doing so, taking a unilateral course of action against Pyongyang. Is this the way to reduce the danger or is the world headed toward a nuclear outbreak?
Travel can also have drawbacks. Abducted abroad, wrongful detention, extortion or even terror attacks – every day travelers all around the world can be confronted with such situations. Who is leaving for Central or South America, Asia or North Africa gets explicitly warned of these threats. But the number of global terrorist and criminal activity is increasing also in Europe and North America. I, myself, have started trips with an unpleasant feeling in my stomach. I was asking myself: “Can I get any protection against these risks?” Yes, of course – that´s the response of Liam Morrissey, Founder and CEO of MS Risk, a global security management corporation. For protection, you need Plan b, a professional crisis intervention on your travels. In the interview the former Canadian officer Liam explains how Plan b works and gives some practical advice on how you should behave in case of an emergency. And the best thing is: You can benefit from Plan b! As the exclusive Swiss partner of MS Risk, Soliswiss offers Plan b to all its members included in the membership fee of only 60chf.
Which conflicts will concern us this year? The annual analysis provides plausible answers to this question. In addition, new risk zones will be revealed and the development of ongoing crises assessed. Our partner, Conias Risk Intelligence, has contributed informative risk maps to the annual analysis, which contain de-tailed information about risk levels.