Iraq in Crisis: Recent Developments and Risk Management Strategy




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Published on Jul 17, 2014

The security situation in Iraq remains volatile and uncertain as ISIS has quickly unraveled regional stability by rapidly overcoming Iraqi security forces. While the consequences for the city of Baghdad and the rest of the country remain to be seen, it is clear that this activity will have short and long-term consequences not only for Iraqi citizens, but also for foreign businesses looking to continue operations. Similar events in Nigeria, Mali, and Pakistan prove that these security setbacks are not isolated events and may continue on a global basis in the near future.


Daniel Wagner, CEO, Country Risk Solutions

Daniel Wagner is the CEO of Country Risk Solutions (CRS), a cross-border risk advisory firm based in Connecticut. He is an authority on political risk insurance (PRI) and analysis, and has 15 years of experience with AIG, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), GE, and the World Bank Group. Prior to founding CRS in 2009, Daniel was Senior Vice President of Country Risk at GE Energy Financial Services in Stamford, Connecticut.

MGen Robert Scales, USA (Ret.)

MG Robert H. Scales (Ret.) is a former Commandant for the U.S. Army War College and held command & staff positions in the U.S., Germany, Korea and Vietnam. He is the author of numerous books on contemporary and future warfare, including Yellow Smoke: The Future of Land Warfare for America's Military, and Certain Victory the Official History of Desert Storm.

Missy Ryan, Journalist, Reuters News

Missy Ryan is a national security correspondent for Reuters News in Washington, DC where she covers Middle Eastern and Latin American issues. Missy was posted in Baghdad for 20 months, where she served as correspondent and deputy Iraq bureau chief for Reuters. She also served as Reuters' acting bureau chief for Mexico and Central America. ​In addition to Reuters, her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, World Policy Journal, and National Journal.

Smita Malik, Assistant Vice President of Programs and Special Risks, Clements Worldwide

Smita Malik is Assistant Vice President of Programs and Special Risks at Clements Worldwide. Smita has over 17 years of experience as a broker, servicing a varied clientele with international exposures. She has worked for Clements for more than 7 years and handles several international clients, including Save the Children, RMA Group, Ecolog and AMS.

Dante Disparte, US Managing Director, Clements Worldwide -- Moderator

Dante Disparte is the U.S. Managing Director for Clements Worldwide, a leading risk management firm and insurance brokerage serving customers in more than 180 countries. He is credited with designing the world's first card-based life insurance program for the United Nations and was formerly the Managing Director of Land Rover's activities in 32 Sub Saharan African markets. Mr. Disparte is also a member of ASP's Consensus.


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