Means, motive, opportunity: Why Yemen has become a hotspot for aid worker kidnapping

As the threats facing international aid workers increase around the world, Yemen consistently stands out as a major venue for aid worker kidnappings. Francesca Fazey explores the combination of factors that have contributed to this threat. The rising trend of kidnappers targeting aid workers is a global, rather than country… Read more »

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Heading North: Shifting Violence Patterns in Brazil

S-RM analyst Lloyd Belton examines why spikes in crime and escalating gang wars in Brazil have not necessarily driven concurrent increases in kidnapping and extortion incidents, and how violence is shifting to the north of the country. In late 2016, the São Paulo-based criminal group, Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC),… Read more »

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Crisis in the Counties: Will Kenya see a resurgence in Al Shabaab abductions?

Although Kenya has experienced an increase in Al Shabaab attacks in its northern counties in recent months, fears regarding a potential resurgence in high-profile kidnap and ransom initiatives may be premature, writes Reinet Loubser. Since the beginning of May, Al Shabaab militants have killed at least 34 people in a… Read more »

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Slipping Across the Border: Transnational Kidnappings in Malaysia

Recent high-profile kidnappings in Malaysia have highlighted the difficulty of combating transnational criminal gangs operating in the country, writes Rob Attwell. The recent high-profile kidnappings of a Malaysian pastor and the wife of a wealthy Chinese-Malaysian businessman by organised crime groups highlight the threat of traditional kidnapping in the country…. Read more »

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South Korea sees increase in manufacturer-led recalls

A study by the Korea Fair Trade Commission based in Seoul reported that although recall orders in the country enforced by authorities have decreased by 3.9%, voluntary recalls have risen by 1.6%. This is potentially a sign that manufacturers have seen the impact of such incidents on companies and have… Read more »

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