Why it really is time to take travel risk training seriously
When Harold Macmillan, the then Prime Minister was asked what the most difficult aspect of his job was he replied, “Events, dear boy, events”. Thus, reflecting what we all know, that it’s the unexpected that presents us with the greatest challenges.
Well the New Year has already certainly been eventful when it comes to international incidents. We wrote recently about the possible implications of the death of the Iranian Quds Force commander, Soleimani. As predicted the initial impact has been felt in Iraq, with missile attacks on two US bases, and in Iran with the detention of the British Ambassador and demonstrations outside the British Embassy. Iranian reaction has since been tempered by the shooting down of the Ukrainian airliner close to Tehran but longer term we can expect to see wider repercussions across the Middle East.
In Africa we have seen an upsurge in attacks by Al Shabaab in Kenya since the beginning of January, including the apparent targeting of a British military base; not to mention a plague of locusts. While in Cyprus, the conviction then the release of a British woman for perverting the course of justice in relation to a rape claim has highlighted the hazards faced by young females travelling to countries with different legal systems.read more