SLIDE 1
TRAVEL TO CHALLENGING DESTINATIONS
PREPARED FOR:
Joseph Mroszczyk
Manager, Intelligence Products and Services
Glob...
• Responsible for intelligence collection, analysis, and production at Global
Rescue
• Intelligence officer in the US Navy...
SLIDE 3
To provide tools and knowledge to
empower you to identify, assess, and
mitigate risks associated with your
travel ...
DEFINING RISK
Factors to Consider
• Destination – Country, Region,
City/Town, District
• Traveler – Risk tolerance,
intent...
PERCEPTIONS OF RISK
How do we perceive risks?
• Emotional vs. rational calculations
• Probability and impact
• “Terrorism”...
*Total deaths = 10,545
Source: US State Department
42% of homicides
occurred in Mexico
U.S CITIZEN DEATHS OVERSEAS (Octobe...
COLLECTING AND ASSESSING
RISK INFORMATION
SLIDE 7
Where can you get information?
• Government websites (U.S. State Dept., ...
WORLDWIDE RISK MAP
SLIDE 8
• Risk ratings (overall, medical, and security), security & health
assessments, destination details, entry & exit requirem...
State Department Products
• Travel Warning
• Travel Alerts
• Worldwide
Consular Messages
• Messages
• Security Messages
• ...
RISK MITIGATION
Small steps can reduce risk
• Know the “no go” areas (country and city levels)
• Take simple precautions
•...
CASE STUDY
Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia
Situation: Security trending downwards –
intertribal tensions and government
crackdo...
CASE STUDY
Eastern Democratic Republic of
the Congo (DRC)
Situation: Multiple non-profit clients
traveling to eastern part...
Know your own vulnerabilities and unique risks – ignorance is your worst enemy.
Use rationality (rather than emotion) to g...
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Travel to challenging destinations

  1. 1. SLIDE 1 TRAVEL TO CHALLENGING DESTINATIONS PREPARED FOR: Joseph Mroszczyk Manager, Intelligence Products and Services Global Rescue
  2. 2. • Responsible for intelligence collection, analysis, and production at Global Rescue • Intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserve • Current doctoral research focuses on suicide terrorism EDUCATION • Boston University • Bachelor’s Degree (Political Science & History) • Master’s Degree (International Relations & Religion) • Northeastern University • Ph.D. Candidate (Political Science) SLIDE 2 JOE MROSZCZYK
  3. 3. SLIDE 3 To provide tools and knowledge to empower you to identify, assess, and mitigate risks associated with your travel destination. OUR MISSION
  4. 4. DEFINING RISK Factors to Consider • Destination – Country, Region, City/Town, District • Traveler – Risk tolerance, intent/objective • Types of risks – Terrorism, environmental, civil unrest, crime, health, transportation Levels of Risk • Dependent on subjective assessment of factors SLIDE 4
  5. 5. PERCEPTIONS OF RISK How do we perceive risks? • Emotional vs. rational calculations • Probability and impact • “Terrorism” versus crime/accidents/natural disasters • Being your own worst enemy – many risks are self-induced misperceptions or preventable through small steps Impact Probability SLIDE 5
  6. 6. *Total deaths = 10,545 Source: US State Department 42% of homicides occurred in Mexico U.S CITIZEN DEATHS OVERSEAS (October 2002 – June 2015) Vehicle accident, 30% Homicide, 19% Suicide, 14% Drowning, 13% Air accident 3% Terrorist action 3% Other, 18% SLIDE 6
  7. 7. COLLECTING AND ASSESSING RISK INFORMATION SLIDE 7 Where can you get information? • Government websites (U.S. State Dept., British FCO, Australian Smart Traveller, etc. • Government travel warnings • Embassies (Regional Security Officers, Consular offices) • Travel websites (TripAdvisor, WikiTravel, etc.) • Ask locals Awareness of risks ≠ increased risks Being prepared but not scared Note: Most trips to most locations occur without incident!
  8. 8. WORLDWIDE RISK MAP SLIDE 8
  9. 9. • Risk ratings (overall, medical, and security), security & health assessments, destination details, entry & exit requirements, important numbers • Updated at least every 45 days DESTINATION REPORTS SLIDE 9
  10. 10. State Department Products • Travel Warning • Travel Alerts • Worldwide Consular Messages • Messages • Security Messages • Emergency Messages STATE DEPT TRAVEL WARNINGS SLIDE 10
  11. 11. RISK MITIGATION Small steps can reduce risk • Know the “no go” areas (country and city levels) • Take simple precautions • Trust your instinct • Follow local news • Have plans in place – map your visit • Always maintain situational awareness • Be resilient SLIDE 11
  12. 12. CASE STUDY Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia Situation: Security trending downwards – intertribal tensions and government crackdowns. Client has a trip scheduled in upcoming months. Solution: Multi-modal intelligence collection effort, periodic updates to the client, local on-the-ground report. SLIDE 12
  13. 13. CASE STUDY Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Situation: Multiple non-profit clients traveling to eastern parts of the DRC – one of the most hostile, violent, and unstable regions in the world. Solution: In-depth analysis of trends, violence, militant groups in the region, road infrastructure/safety SLIDE 13
  14. 14. Know your own vulnerabilities and unique risks – ignorance is your worst enemy. Use rationality (rather than emotion) to guide risk assessments. Be curious – ask questions and find answers! CONCLUSION

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