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.
Further education or round-the-world trip? Thomas Bardellini chose the latter; the now 29-year-old went traveling for almost two years. In this interview, Thomas reveals how he prepared for his adventure, which mistakes he would now be able to avoid making, and how he presents this “gap” in his resume. More of Thomas’ travel tips can be found on his blog: www.travelguide.ch.
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.
Sri Lanka kenne ich seit 1971 als Touristin. Vor allem war ich am Tauchen interessiert. Damals gab es noch keine Tauchbasen. Die Idee kam dann, eine solche selber zu eroeffnen, was 1980 konkret in Angriff genommen wurde. s. meinen nachfolgenden Bericht.
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.