Global Guardian released a report detailing prevalent geopolitical threats in 2024. The key global concerned discussed in the report include: 

  • China's desire to reunify with Taiwan, potentially via forceful measures. 
  • Russian influence operations engaging in the destabilization of gray zones across the globe. 
  • The rise in stand-off fire devices, which provides state and non-state actors access to effective, affordable offensive abilities. 
  • The intentional blockage of essential shipping paths, placing supply chains at risk. 
  • An increase in nuclear blackmail.  

Dale Buckner, the CEO of Global Guardian, states, “The international business landscape has undergone significant transformations over the past few decades, fundamentally altering the way companies operate abroad. Former pillars such as American security dominance, open navigation, nuclear disarmament, and barriers to large-scale conflicts have all but vanished. Today, we find ourselves in a world of interconnectedness without the cohesive unity of international cooperation. Geopolitical dynamics have become a paramount concern for businesses, surpassing the purview of traditional risk management sectors like travel, compliance, and operations.”

Understanding prevalent geopolitical threats is essential for international travelers and organizations. But understanding these risks isn’t enough; security leaders must also be prepared to face such threats. 

“Failure to navigate the evolving threat landscape can result in significant harm to your organization’s people, assets, and brand,” Dale Buckner says. “Enterprises that fail to anticipate and adapt to these new challenges risk falling behind the curve.”