Abroad

Norovirus Outbreak at 2018 Olympics

Health Officials and IOC Discussing Norovirus Outbreak

This winter, norvirus is making headlines for an outbreak in South Korea, and it will most likely get worse before it gets better. Transmission of the virus is extremely efficient; it only takes a small amount and short exposure time before it can be effectively passed to another victim, it can withstand temperature fluctuations, and people can pass the virus to another before and after they become symptomatic.
Navigating PyeongChang, South Korea during Olympics XXIII

PyeongChang 2018 Olympics: A Land Without Google Maps

While traveling, it is always important to know how to get around, especially when abroad. Knowing where you are can save you the hassle of getting on a bus going the wrong direction or knowing whether a cab ride to the other end of town will take 15 minutes or 50 minutes. Travelers in South Korea face difficulties as two of the most popular navigation apps, Google Maps and Apple Maps, do not provide adequate coverage due to strict national security laws.
Signs of drought in Cape Town, South Africa

Ongoing Drought Threatening Water Supply in Cape Town, South Africa

Concerns are growing over a worsening drought that is leading to severe water shortages in Cape Town, South Africa. Local officials warned in January 2018 that Cape Town could reach "Day Zero," when the city's water resources are depleted, as early as April 21, 2018; however, various measures are expected to be implemented to mitigate the shortage before this date. The local government began instituting basic water rationing Jan. 8 and has a six-step, phased approach for such restrictions that will likely be implemented as water scarcity increases.
US State Department Updates Travel Advisory for Mexico

State Department Puts 5 Mexican States on ‘Do Not Travel’ List

On Jan. 10, the United States Department of State unveiled a new travel advisory system in which countries, as well as some individual provinces, are assigned a safety rating on a scale from one to four. The lowest level on the scale, Level 1, is reserved for areas in which the Department of State advises travelers to exercise normal precautions, while a Level 4 designation means that US citizens should not travel to the area. The State Department’s purpose of releasing travel advisories is twofold, in that they set guidelines regarding where diplomatic personnel may travel, and inform US citizens of where there are significant threats to security.
Human Trafficking in Libya

Human Trafficking in Libya: A Tool within a Volatile Political Environment

Libya has made headlines recently for the horrific conditions endured by migrants and refugees detained in the country, but what the media has drawn less attention to is the prevailing security conditions and political dynamics in Libya that facilitate human trafficking. Much like oil facilities in Libya, human trafficking hubs represent strategic points of power due to the lucrative nature of human smuggling. On a broader level, controlling the flow of migrants also affords legitimacy in a politically competitive environment.
Concerns Rise Over Call for US Military Personnel Dependents to Depart South Korea

Concerns Rise Over Call for US Military Personnel Dependents to Depart South Korea

When examining the nuclear tensions in the Korean Peninsula, it is essential to separate rhetoric from reality. It is easy for the US to threaten North Korea with a preemptive strike against Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal. It is also very easy for Kim Jong-Un to speak of a devastating war against the United States and its allies. However, it is much more difficult for either North Korea or the US to carry out these threats without inviting retaliation from the other side. Assuming the essential strategic rationality of both the US and North Korea, neither country is likely to purposefully initiate military action.
World Malaria Report 2017 Infographic

Global Malaria Report 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Technical Strategies for Malaria set certain goals for malaria reduction and elimination. Unfortunately, the world is not currently on track to meet milestones set for 2020. While many improvements were made in the last decade, funding shortages to support spraying and insecticide-treated bednets has fallen behind in recent years. The World Malaria Report provides a comprehensive overview of progress in the fight against malaria, including an up-to-date assessment of malaria-related policies in endemic countries.
France Counterterrorism Measures Enshrined in New Law

Special Report: France - New Law Enshrines Robust Counterterrorism Measures

The expiration of France's State of Emergency, and its replacement with a new anti-terrorism law, indicates that French authorities view the threat of Islamist-inspired attacks as persistent and unchanged; in short, the state of heightened security will continue nationwide indefinitely. The anti-terrorism law, which came into effect Nov. 1, permanently grants security personnel the power to, with some exceptions unique to the State of Emergency, detain and question suspected terrorists, and increase surveillance at public events, transport hubs, and borders. A visibly heightened police and military presence - as well as related security alerts - at heavily trafficked locations throughout the country will likely prompt disruptions to transport and business operations.
Traveling with Diabetes

Traveling and Living Well With Diabetes

November 14 is designated as World Diabetes Day, an awareness campaign promoting prevention, testing, and treatment at all stages of disease development. Personal diabetes-related supplies, medication, and equipment may cause confusion and delays at some airport screening checkpoints. Diabetes testing supplies may be difficult to obtain or unavailable in many countries. Read on for tips on traveling with diabetic testing supplies, adapting to differing climates, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while abroad.

Spain: Takeover of Catalonian Administration Likely to Prompt Continued Protests

Continued protest activity relating to tensions around the issue of Catalan independence is likely in the coming weeks after the Spanish federal government revoked Catalonian autonomy and dismissed the regional government. Although Madrid will now likely seek to de-escalate the crisis, campaigning ahead of fresh regional elections scheduled for Dec. 21 could encourage further demonstrations by both pro-Spain and pro-independence activists. However, it remains highly unlikely that the situation will deteriorate to the point where it poses a direct threat to foreign companies or travelers in Catalonia.

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