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Afghanistan ceasefire

In an unprecedented move, both the Afghan government and the Taliban have declared temporary ceasefires during the upcoming Eid al-Fitr holiday that marks the end of Ramadan. The Afghan government first declared its intent to cease offensive operations from June 12th until the end of Ramadan last week, presumably as part of President Ghani’s attempts to build on his peace initiative unveiled earlier this year.

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Principles of a Security Survey

If security is an unfair contest, you may well ask if there is any point in putting it into practice. To go into the pros and cons of whether security is worthwhile is not the purpose of this document.

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Doing Business in the Badlands – Part 1

In the first of our 3-part series, we look at the risks – and the rewards – of doing business in high-risk and volatile jurisdictions. Conducting business in Complex Environments and High-Risk Jurisdictions is risky but could be advantageous if well managed, and professionally advised.

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Tehrik-i-Taliban presence in Afghanistan confirmed

While the traffic in fighters from Pakistan into Afghanistan is a long established issue in the relationship between the two nations, a recent US strike indicates that there is also a reverse flow of traffic, that of fighters crossing from Afghanistan, which they are using as a safe haven into Pakistan.

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MANAGING YOUR BOSS – Part 1

An essential factor in achieving results, innovating, taking your company and career forward is knowing how to manage your Boss. Artifice, flattery and manipulation should not play a part, but they provide clues to aspects of managing one’s Boss.

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Republic of Iraq: Humanitarian Situation 2018

This report offers an overview of the humanitarian situation in Iraq in 2018. Since the rise of ISIS in 2014, more than 6 million Iraqi civilians have been displaced. 2.6million internally displaced people (IDPs) remain.

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Potential threat to Oil facilities and transports as new insurgent group, The White Flags, attempts to establish itself in northern Iraq

Since December 2017, evidence has emerged of a new faction of insurgents operating in northern Iraq.  Dubbed the White Flags or White Banners for their symbol – a white banner decorated with the image of a lion head – the group has focused its activities in the region between Baghdad and Kirkuk and in particular around the town of Tuz Khurmatu, which is part of the planned oil-transit route from Iraq to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery.

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Corporate Culture

Corporate culture is a vital component of the achievement of a company’s mission and strategies, the improvement of organisational effectiveness, and the management of change.

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Sudan: A Child of an Awkward Separation – Part 2

A few months ago, we wrote a blog about the so-called Qatar Crisis and Sudan’s position, torn between declaring support for either Saudi Arabia or Qatar. You can read that article here. It’s been just over 5 months and there’ve been a few key developments that have placed Sudan in an entirely different position than it was in previously.

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COMMUNICATING IN DIFFERENT CULTURES

Business etiquette and appropriate communication vary in different cultures. Be sure to research established business etiquette in a destination country. This might involve modifying dress, greeting people, and appropriate subjects to broach in a meeting.

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Trump administration modified limits on drone strikes, commando raids

Back in 2017, the Trump administration prepared to undertake changes to the Obama-era guidelines and limits on how drone strikes and overseas commando raids are conducted, allowing for far less restrictions on their use, including the potential for strikes in countries where the US is not currently operating in a counter-terrorist capacity.

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SIGAR quarterly report paints bleak picture for Afghanistan

On October 30th, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction released its quarterly report to the United States Congress.  Among the key findings of the report was that the security situation continues to deteriorate in the country, with reconstruction significantly hampered by the Taliban’s expanding territorial control.

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Proelium Law Mock Court Trial

Proelium Law was asked to carry out a mock trial at Education Without Borders 2017, demonstrating the likely approach by a claimant’s law firm should a claim for negligence against an organisation reach court.

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Arrest of British-Iranian woman highlights risks to dual-nationals in Iran

The case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual citizen who was arrested in April 2016 while visiting family in Iran and subsequently charged with conspiring to “topple the Iranian regime”, was recently returned to public attention due to a UN petition for her release – a request that was denied by the prosecutor general of Iran in October.

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Long Range Electro Optical (EO) Surveillance – Part 2

In part 2 an indication of the performance achievable from various Long-Range EO surveillance sensors is considered. It is based on the UK Home Office Discrimination criteria, which is easier to assimilate than the Johnson Criteria. As the focal length of the Sensors increase the field of view decreases and the need to be able to position and control the sensor accurately becomes more critical.

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Kuwait conference outcomes

Between February 12th and 14th, the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq took place. In total, delegates from over 100 countries and an additional 1850 private sector representatives attended the talks. The Invest In Iraq talks were attended by Burgan Bank, the Kuwait Projects Company and Bank of Baghdad officials.

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Principles and Practice of CCTV

Close Circuit Television (CCTV) is a system which is a closed circuit, and all elements of the system are directly connected, unlike commercial TV broadcast where any TV can be tuned to receive the transmitted signal. In this context, the direct connection includes systems that are connected by microwave or other types of bearer.

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Proelium Law announces a permanent presence in Iraq

Proelium Law is delighted to announce a permanent presence in Iraq. Originally providing Iraqi legal services from their London-based head office, Proelium Law’s Iraq presence has come about as a natural result of the increasing demand for the firm’s in-country legal and specialist risk services.

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Camera Technology – PART 2

The key to the Thermal Imaging (TI) sensor (a camera and a lens assembly) will be the quality of the image. If the image quality is poor and unreliable, then user confidence will ebb very quickly, and the system will fail. The imaging device, the TI Camera (TIC), is required to provide Detection, Recognition, and Identification (DRI). DRI is the most critical performance criteria of a TIC in any role.

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Analysis of Russia’s alleged Taliban support

In a statement before the Senate Armed Services Committee on February 9th this year General John W. Nicholson, the commander of Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, testified that Russia was supporting the Taliban, having “become more assertive over the past year, overtly lending legitimacy to the Taliban to undermine NATO efforts…”

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Business Travel – Part 2

The following is intended as an aid to business travellers, to better understand and identify possible risks and expected behaviour before and during any overseas journey. It may not be relevant to all locations, but awareness is always advisable.

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Iraq to continue to benefit from higher oil prices in 2018

Oil prices look to continue to rise in 2018, according to the latest commodity risk report undertaken by Citigroup. Citing disruptions in oil supply, along with the cuts in production by OPEC, tight market conditions and continuing geopolitical unrest in the Middle East and East Asia, the 2018 report suggests…

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Long Range Electro Optical (EO) Surveillance – Part 1

The definition of Long Range EO Surveillance varies considerably depending on the particular application. The purpose of this document is to define what is meant by EO surveillance and then to determine different degrees of Long Range EO surveillance arbitrarily. The text then discusses the various techniques and technologies available to meet the requirement.

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New Law Regulating Private Security Companies in Iraq

A new Private Security Companies (PSC) Law was issued in Iraq on 28th February 2017. The new law is operational in scope and regulates the work carried out by private security companies (“PSCs”), whereas prior to this, they were regulated under a memorandum issued by the Coalition Provisional Authority in 2004.

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No end in sight to Baghdad-KRG dispute

The ongoing dispute between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government looks set to continue well in 2018, as the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi unveiled the 2018 budget on January 2nd.

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Business Travel – Part 1

As a business traveller having your travel procedures down to a science can help make journeys more pleasurable. After all, jet-setting is supposed to be comfortable and fun!

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ISIS security risk in Iraq after the territorial defeat of the group

With the liberation of Rawa on Friday November 17th, ISIS lost its last town in Iraq and so it’s entire occupied territory within the country. While ISIS almost certainly still operates in unpopulated land in Anbar, northern Diyala and Niveneh governorates, this victory marks the defeat of ISIS as a territorial based insurgent organisation in the country.

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Proelium Law launches a presence in Iraq

Read Adrian Powell’s interview on launching a presence in Iraq. The origins of the firm Proelium Law are from Iraq. When I was there in the early 1990’s and working for a large security company as a legal advisor, it struck me that there was a need for a law firm specialising in the legal issues arising from operating in such high-risk jurisdictions.

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Interview with Adrian Powell about Proelium Law Iraq Office

“The origins of the firm Proelium Law are from Iraq. When I was there in the early 1990’s and working for a large security company as a legal advisor, it struck me that there was a need for a law firm specialising in the legal issues arising from operating in such high-risk jurisdictions.”

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PROELIUM LAW WEEKLY PICINTSUM – 10/01/2018

The Proelium Law weekly picture intelligence summaries (PICINTSUMS) for the use of our clients, colleagues and contacts are now released. Focusing on Iraq/Syria, Libya and Afghanistan/Pakistan these reports will be updated weekly on a Wednesday.

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Counter-Terrorism overhaul in the UK

Counter-Terrorism policy in the UK is likely to undergo significant reorganisation, based on recent reports from the press, comments by intelligence officials and appointments in Parliament.

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PROELIUM LAW WEEKLY PICINTSUM – 03/01/2018

The Proelium Law weekly picture intelligence summaries (PICINTSUMS) for the use of our clients, colleagues and contacts are now released.  Focusing on Iraq/Syria, Libya and Afghanistan/Pakistan these reports will be updated weekly on a Wednesday.

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Qualifying Sales Leads

Sales can be thought of the process of helping a client succeed. Helping clients to succeed is not a euphemism for sales – it is the essence of sales. Make the sale! Meet the targets! Perversely the harder we try the worse we do.

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