The impacts of the “Democratic Revolt in the Arab World” on the International Economy.
“The Democratic Revolt in the Arab World” that was a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests (both non-violent and violent), riots, and civil wars in the Arab world that began on 17 December 2010 in Tunisia with the Tunisian Revolution, and spread throughout the countries of the Arab League and its surroundings. Major insurgencies in Syria, Libya, and Yemen resulted along with civil uprisings in Egypt and Bahrain, large street demonstrations in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and Oman, and minor protests even in Saudi Arabia, will initially present countless difficulties for the population of the various countries that are undergoing governmental changes and dramatic conflicts such as in Iraq, Syria, Libya and Africa. Consequently, it will negatively affect western countries, as was seen in the collapse of the Berlin Wall in Germany, and the revolutionary process that accompanied the Perestroika and Glasnost in the USSR and their close neighbors.
Due to the current public unrest, the personal security of locals and visitors from abroad will not be similar to the past. Essentially, it will be less safe for everyone to live or visit these “revolutionary” countries.
Recent events teach us that in the near future there will be an increased need for the security of assets and the activity of individuals or delegations from the West in dealing with various economic and industrial branches. Many of the “revolutionary” or high-risk countries contain economic and natural resources which fulfill the needs of many other countries inhabitants. These resources need to remain protected and accessible.
With terrorists, separatists, fundamentalists, and criminals trying to capitalize on the advancement of growing nations, there is a continuation to strive in achieving economic development through foreign investments. On the other hand, there continues to be a significant lack of sufficiently secure and safe conditions which prevents and even jeopardizes economic developments and corporate expansion. Currently, even sports events have become security risks requiring professional protection services.
With this increase in the amount and scope of threats, businesses, public and state or other bodies realize that now the job of the Protection consultant/adviser is crucial for the success of any organization.
There is a steadily increasing need for services related to the protection of assets and VIP’s such as experts, engineers, journalists, people with sensitive knowledge, and facilities holding sensitive or valuable materials and assets. Countries, companies and organizations worldwide are currently re-establishing themselves in order to fill the void in the security field. With the restructuring of business and government policy to fit the modern, global international environment, the threats of both crime and terrorism have followed suit and have also become globalized.
I am certain that you like colleagues from other countries, witness and maybe even take part in the special process that is occurring in many countries. There is a growing tendency for the authorities to transfer public security duties traditionally held by law enforcement to private security companies/organizations, endowing them with the responsibility of the public’s safety now more than ever before.
Today companies and government agencies will only make decisions and choices of action after consulting their security professionals and including them in all steps of the decision-making process. This is especially true for operations and interactions in areas which are regarded as ‘High-Risk’ zones.
Even throughout the Muslim and Arab world, many leaders and businessmen are living under the shadow of fear and terror. Now they are recognizing that the extortion and violence which emanates from those terrorist groups who had been tolerated build the basis of attacking other nations, it is also turning very fast against themselves and against their own people.
Security therefore, has taken the forefront in international, governmental and corporate strategies and the need for qualified Protection Consultants, Advisers and Specialists is paramount. Both governments and private companies are developing methods and tactics to stay one step ahead of these threats and the role of these professionals is the key to success in doing so.