No-Go Zones and Employee Travel Security The recent attack by Islamic militants in France has focused attention on the issue of immigration in Europe. Recently, US media outlets have reported on the economically depressed areas in and around Paris, France. Many of these areas have large Muslims populations and have been incorrectly referred to as […]

Executive Summary: Russian Aggression and the Ukraine The deposition of Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych in February proved a critical turning point in Russia’s relations with Ukraine. No longer would Russia rely on the influence of pro-Russian factions within Ukraine; instead, Moscow would start to exercise its military power. This new view led directly to […]

Natural Disasters and Travel Safety When organizations and/or businesses think about travel safety, they tend to focus on foreseeable threats such as crime, health issues, or unsafe working conditions. Even though natural disasters can come about quickly, organizations can prepare their people in the basics of travel safety. The superstorm Typhoon Haiyan, which recently made […]

Violence by mentally unstable individuals, although infrequent, can have catastrophic consequences for a business or workplace.  As such, every organization should have emergency response plans for outlier events of violence. Disturbed former employees, members of the public, or even terrorist groups can target company buildings and campuses. When such events are carried out by perpetrators moving and shooting their way through […]

In today’s fast-paced society, executive air travel is nearly as common as Internet service. In major countries like the United States or European Union, executives may move via corporate jet, and not just through major airports like New York’s Kennedy, Frankfurt Airport, or London’s Heathrow but also through minor airports. Here, the issue is that […]

Executive Summary: Savar Building Collapse Lessons On April 24th, 2013 a building housing a garment factory in Savar, Bangladesh, collapsed trapping hundreds of workers, leading to the worst industrial garment accident in history. The collapse caused over 600 deaths, thousands of injuries, and millions of dollars in property damage. Many lessons can be learned from […]

Expatriates evacuation planning in North KoreaHow a War with North Korea Could Affect Business, Employee and Travel Security Operations in Northeast Asia

Since it was sanctioned by the United Nations for carrying out a nuclear test, North Korea has made an alarming series of threats, upsetting the regional stability in Northeast Asia. It has announced plans to attack American and South Korea military targets, ended a half-century long armistice with Seoul, and even threatened to attack the United States with nuclear weapons. It has followed up these threats with a series of military demonstrations, and may be conducting preparations for another missile test. To add extra weight to these provocations, Pyongyang has even suggested that Foreign Diplomats living in the country’s capital should prepare an evacuation plan in the event of a war. Continue reading

IMG Note: The following article is the first in a two-part series analyzing North Korea’s motivations and presumed end game with their recent series of provocative actions and brinksmanship. Many corporations have employees in South Korea. Good corporate security planning involves developing an evacuation plan for expatriates in the event of a Korean crisis. This article points to the need for corporations in South Korea to form a coherent corporate security and evacuation plan. This article details thoughts on how to construct well-thought-out, detailed contingency plans to evacuate their expatriates (as well as employees who may happen to be in the Republic of Korea) and business continuity plans to ensure disruptions to business operations are held to a minimum. Continue reading

Employee Travel Security — Indian Travel Security and Protective Measures for Women

As one of the world’s largest nations, India is attracting a large share of tourists and business travelers. However, India is still a developing and culturally conservative country, and crime is a threat throughout the nation. That is why Indian travel security is an issue that many companies and corporations should be concerned with. Of the threats to employee security in India, rape and sexual assault of women (including foreign visitors) is perhaps the most disturbing.
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Unlike many cities in Europe, Tokyo is almost entirely modern. With little left of its historical past, the bustling metropolis is typified by skyscrapers, concrete, and electric lights. This is largely because the city was devastated by bombing during World War II and had to be rebuilt during the post-war years.

Most visitors to Tokyo are struck by its sheer size. Indeed, with a population over 30 million, Japan’s capital is the world’s largest metropolitan area. During the Cold War, Tokyo was the heart of East Asian industrialization and modernization. For this reason, it has become a center for business across the region. Perhaps that is why a staggering 47 companies on the Forbes 500 are headquartered in the city. Continue reading