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THE TORCHSTONE WATCH

Managing Risk in an Increasingly Complex World

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TorchStone publishes The Watch to assist our readers in proactively managing risk—whether personal, professional, or organizational—in an increasingly insecure world. The featured articles, blog posts, and expert interviews address vulnerabilities and issues we have frequently encountered while safeguarding high profile individuals, wealthy families, multinational corporations, and international sporting events across six continents. Now, more than ever, security seems to be a precious commodity. Our goal is to give you more of it through The TorchStone Watch.

SPOTLIGHT ISSUE

Mexico’s Criminal Cartels - TorchStone Global

The Need for Nuance in Protective Intelligence Part 5: Mexico’s Criminal Cartels

By TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

Media and government reports about Mexico’s criminal cartels tend to portray them as hierarchical organizations, as if they are some sort of military unit or government bureaucracy. However, the reality is that rather than hierarchical organizations, Mexico’s criminal cartels are entities that meet the legal definition of a cartel: “a group of independent corporations or other entities that join together to fix prices, rig bids, allocate markets, or conduct other similar illegal activities.” Mexico’s criminal cartels are networks of independent criminal gangs and clans who joined together to conduct illegal activities. And just as those gangs and clans can band together in a network they can also disaggregate. As the large Mexican cartels have disintegrated due to the dynamics and economics of the drug trade, the result has been the creation of an extremely complex and chaotic threat environment.

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ARTICLES

Executive Protection Report August 2023 - TorchStone Global

August 2023 TorchStone Global Monthly Executive Protection Report

TorchStone Global believes that broader situational awareness and intelligence are key to providing quality executive protection—whether the principal is a Fortune 500 CEO, international movie star, or local city council member. Our monthly executive protection report catalogs incidents we have captured through our open-source searches that are relevant to the practice of executive protection.

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Executive Protection Report July 2023 - TorchStone Global

July 2023 TorchStone Global Monthly Executive Protection Report

TorchStone Global believes that broader situational awareness and intelligence are key to providing quality executive protection—whether the principal is a Fortune 500 CEO, international movie star, or local city council member. Our monthly executive protection report catalogs incidents we have captured through our open-source searches that are relevant to the practice of executive protection.

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Surviving Economic Crimes - TorchStone Global

Surviving Economic Crimes: Part with Your Possessions, Not with Your Life

When faced with street crime, it’s better to part with your possessions than risk injury or death. While many may feel the instinct to “stand up for themselves”, street criminals can act unpredictably. Ideally, people can avoid becoming victims by practicing common sense precautions, but once an attack has begun, the safest course of action is to end any encounter as quickly as possible without escalating the situation.

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Creatures of Habit - TorchStone Global

Creatures of Habit

Stanislav Rzhitsky, a former Russian submarine commander, was assassinated while on his morning run. The motive is possibly related to his involvement in a missile strike in Ukraine. The assassination highlights the dangers of being predictable and sharing personal information on apps like Strava. Denial and lack of situational awareness can make individuals vulnerable targets and serves as a reminder for everyone to be cautious about their online activities and maintain vigilance in their daily routines.

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BLOG

The Extinction Rebellion — What It Is and How It Impacts Industries Far Beyond Energy

Scott Stewart shares his expertise on the Extinction Rebellion with Ontic’s Protective Intelligence Podcast host Fred Burton, and how his firm provides advice to corporations on how to best protect themselves and their employees in this environment. While not all activity poses a threat, it’s important for companies to be hyper-aware of activity and the measures activists can take.

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BBC Sounds: Burn Wild Podcast – The Line

There is a school of thought in activism—all movements need a radical flank to succeed. In the podcast, Burn Wild Episode 6: The Line, TorchStone VP Scott Stewart discusses the grievance narrative of Extinction Rebellion (XR).

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How to Get on a Watchlist Episode 5: How to Kidnap an Executive

“How to get on a Watchlist” is a new podcast from the team at Encyclopedia Geopolitica. In this installment, How to Get on a Watchlist Episode 5: How to Kidnap an Executive, TorchStone VP Scott Stewart discusses executive kidnappings.

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With drug cartel violence, is it safe to travel to Mexico? Security experts weigh in

US tourism is ramping up again in Mexico, but so are the headlines regarding drug cartel violence. TorchStone Vice President of Intelligence Scott Stewart joins the discussion about how safe it is to travel to Mexico.

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Perspectives on the Shinzo Abe Assassination

Perspectives on the Shinzo Abe Assassination whitepaper from AT-RISK International, Emergent Risk International, Ontic and Torchstone Global analyzes the July 2022 assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and addresses the broad range of global security implications for individuals and businesses.

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