NC4 analysts maintain reports for over 150 countries. These reports are used by members for both tactical and longer-term strategic and planning purposes. Country Reports include information about current conditions from a socio-political and socio-economic standpoint. They also include up-to-date information on topics such as health and safety, crime and terrorism, and a pre-trip checklist, all of which aids the decision-making process about travel, expatriates, dependent relocation, on-going business operations, long term investments in infrastructure projects and more. Overall, the country’s security environment is the most important factor in making the risk determinations.
The Country Reports include risk assessments and the rationale for the assessment (i.e. economic, political and related inputs are discussed). Each Country Report is also assigned a Country Risk Rating on a scale of 1 (low risk) to 4 (extreme risk). Due to the wide variety of components taken into account and the fact that most remain relatively consistent or change slowly over time, changes in the actual rating number occur only after serious consideration by the regional team.
What You Need To Know
The first thing users will see when launching the Country Reports from the NC4 Risk Center Navigation Panel is the Regions/Countries menu page, as shown below. Each section will be a sortable table inside of a collapsible panel for each region and the world. It will include the existing Overall Risk Rating, the Country Name, and three new Indices – Police Services, Health, and Infrastructure.
Clicking the country name will launch the associated Country Report.
The Country Report page, displays the name, flag, and risk rating for the country. It also includes a short summary of recent Incidents for the country and additional sub-indices that supplement the overall Country Risk Rating and provide a more granular breakdown of conditions across three diverse categories. These sub-indices are drawn from the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 (http://reports.weforum.org/global-competitiveness-report-2015-2016/), which assesses the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. The Report series remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide.
The data series selected for these sub-indices are:
- 1.17 Reliability of police services, 1-7 (best)
- 4.A Health, 1-7 (best)
- 2.01 Quality of overall infrastructure, 1-7 (best)
Printing to PDF
The user can create a custom PDF report that is suitable for printing or forwarding simply by using the checkboxes in each section header to include or exclude content and then clicking the PDF button located at the bottom of the panel.
All-source Search: Intelligence by Country
Clicking the Intelligence button at the bottom of the Country Report panel will display the results of the new all-source search feature. This all-source search returns all relevant NC4 Real-time and Other Intel items from the past 30-days for the chosen country, as shown here. Global Insights analytical content – Analytical Briefs, Special Event Briefs, etc. – will not be available in the all-source search results unless the Global Insights feature has been assigned for the user’s organization.
All-source search feature by Country
All-source Search: Intelligence by City
Similarly, clicking the City Info button will show the results of an all-source search on NC4 intelligence, shown below. However, it differs in two ways from the country-level search. First, the data is organized by City – the top five largest cities by population, specifically. Second, it includes a link to Additional NC4 Intelligence which displays more than the default number of items in a given city’s section, and another link to run a web search that shows non-NC4 results for that city in a new window.
All-source search feature by City