Posts Categorized: October 2015


IHS Country Risk examines the countries that face some of the most considerable threat over the coming months   Venezuela The political and security situation will worsen in Venezuela in the one-year outlook as weak international oil prices exacerbate economic contraction – in a country where 96 percent of its export revenues, 25 percent of… Read more »


Matthew Henman, Head of the IHS Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centre analyses the various threats FARC The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) is a Marxist insurgent group based and operating in Colombia, and represents the best equipped, trained, and organised guerrilla organisation in Latin America. The group was officially founded in 1966 by Pedro… Read more »

First class airport security

Francis Morgan, Director of Policy at London Heathrow Airport discusses the growing importance of security on the aviation agenda and how technology is helping win the battle   intersec: Could you start by telling us what your role as Director of Policy involves? FM: In essence, it’s my job to take an overview of where… Read more »

The right ticket for train security

Timothy Compston discovers if train security is on track in the aftermath of the failed French attack   The attack on a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris in August – which was thankfully thwarted by the actions of those on board – has once again brought into sharp relief just how vulnerable rail… Read more »

The future of UAV technology

Dr David Abrutat explores the changing face of combat from the air as UAVs or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are being deployed now more than they have ever been and are being utilised for increasingly imaginative purposes.   Modern warfighting has undergone a transformation, in the last decade of counterinsurgency operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, faster… Read more »

Saudi Arabia braces for ISIS

Jeff Moore investigates the growing influence of ISIS in Saudi Arabia, the rise of incidents, the different cells and what the future holds for the Kingdom   While Saudi Arabian forces battle it out with Houthi rebels in Yemen in their most intense conventional fighting since Operation Desert Storm, a domestic irregular threat looms over… Read more »

Targeting Radicalisation

Anthony Tucker-Jones reports on the Government’s latest efforts to save the country’s youth from extremists and asks are they counterproductive   The media would have us believe the new ‘enemy within’ is our Muslim school children and university students. Such a generalised approach is understandably insulting to the vast majority of Britain’s law abiding Muslim… Read more »

Syria: Land of Confusion

John Chisolm wonders if Russia’s involvement in Syria might create more problems than it solves   “Russia will not participate in any troop operations in the territory of Syria or in any other states. Well, at least we don’t plan on it right now”. So claimed President Putin in an interview on CBS at the… Read more »