Eastern Africa is a region mainly comprising of the Great lakes region and Horn of Africa. Countries of the region are varying levels of development,from those still embroiled in political instability and civic turmoil to others that are industrialising and developing rapidly. A number of challenges and threats exist ranging from poverty, lack of jobs, poor health facilities, fragile food security and tribal dynamics. These lead to high levels of corruption and crime rates. There are large sections of population that are susceptible to adverse propaganda and external control by terrorist organisations.

All regional countries are signatories to various international protocols and conventions like CWC (OPCW), NPT, GCINT, BTWC, UNSCR 1540, Stockholm and Basel conventions and other related treaties. Most countries have adopted IAEA regulations and guidelines. They are also bound by the Pelindaba treaty and Bamako Convention towards prevention of toxic proliferation and waste management.

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As a prime plank of Donald J.Trump’s presidential campaign, substantially enhanced control of United States borders was expected after he took office. One of the first measures introduced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was the new President’s revised travel ban, which affects visitors from six mostly Muslim countries: Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen. The earlier, more draconian version of the ban required CBP officers to turn away visa holders – who were later allowed into the United States.

The travel ban will mostly affect airports as the main points of entry and CBP will have to deal with visa applicants from the six countries as well as all refugees that require a “close” family or business link to the US. 

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The third edition of NCT USA took place from the 19th to the 21st September 2017 in Dulles, Virginia, attracting 19 exhibitors and over 180 delegates from the US, Europe and countries such as Japan, Canada, India and Syria. The event offered a unique networking opportunity, bringing together federal and local first-responders, industry representatives, decision-makers and influencers in the CBRNe community. With its comprehensive program, outstanding knowledge-sharing opportunities and CBRNe capability displays, NCT USA again proved to be an excellent networking forum in CBRNe defense and response in the US.

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This is the 30th issue of the new feature called the IBC Threat Assessment (IBC-TA) that was initiated in November 2014. It is intended to inform our readers about ongoing and emerging CRBNe-threats that need the attention of policymakers, experts and ordinary citizens. If left unattended these threats may result in grave consequences for different sectors of our societies and/or the security of ordinary citizens. As the threat environment is constantly changing existing regulations, crisis plans or security protocols are often insufficient and in need of adaptation or review. Every TA will cover a threat for each CBRNe category. The TA’s are based on open sources.

Topics covered in this issue:

  • At the 20th anniversary of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) a total of 96 percent of declared chemical weapon stockpiles have been destroyed
  • The ongoing civil war in Yemen contributes to the expansion of a cholera crisis that already has affected more than 612,000 people
  • Technical problems and additional safety precautions resulted in another revision of the cleanup plan for the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant in Japan
  • While the diplomatic window is gradually closing the risk of a military confrontation in North Korea is increasing
  • New database (CABNSAD) to gain a better understanding of the psychology and decision-making of potential perpetrators of CB attacks

The Threat Assessments are based on open sources. End date of collection: September 28, 2017.>>>read more>>>

Issue 50 | October 2017


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