Travel Security Hotline Benefits and Best Practices for Protocols

Implementing a hotline provides substantial benefits beyond event reporting and assistance requests. When effectively established, they include predetermined event response protocols based upon the characteristics in a risk profile. This extends a high level of flexibility in building protocols tailored to specific world events in support of the entity’s risk mitigation strategies.

Zika virus News in the Americas

During May-June, Zika virus transmission has continued to taper off in some areas including Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela where Zika virus case reports had previously been particularly high. In Colombia, for example, where officials have reported 89,962 suspected cases and 8,826 confirmed Zika virus infections as of July 9, disease activity has steadily decreased every week since early April.

Live from Rio: Protesters Serve as Welcoming Committee at Galeo International Airport

iJET Americas Intelligence Analyst, Abbott Matthews is on the ground in Brazil to cover the Rio 2016 Olympic Games throughout August. Stay tuned for related iJET alerts and Olympic Briefs in the Daily Intelligence Briefing beginning Aug. 5.

Turkey: Focus on Post-Coup Purge amid State of Emergency

On July 20, in the wake of the failed July 15-16 coup bid by factions within the country's military, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared a three-month state of emergency, ostensibly to "eliminate the threat to democracy" in Turkey. Claiming the push to topple him was masterminded by US-based leader of the Hizmet movement and rival Fethullah Gülen, Erdoğan had already launched a sweeping retaliatory purge against suspected opponents of the Turkish administration - primarily within the military, judiciary, and police establishments.