Worldwide Alerts

The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.

Peru

Cusco

July 21st, 2017

On July 20th, the Peruvian Government declared a state of emergency in six districts throughout the Cusco and Puno regions in response to the ongoing labor dispute between public employees and the government. Continued demonstrations throughout the region have led to disruptions in transportation. The state of emergency has been issued to increase police presence throughout the regions and reduce the level of disruption to the public caused such by the strikes.

The ISA Study Center in Cusco remains unaffected by the strikes and students have been continuing classes as normal. ISA Service-Learning participants whose placements were affected by protesting have been provided alternate solutions to successfully fulfill their requirements. Students departing Cusco this weekend to return home have been advised to allow for extra time to travel to the airport. Resident staff are continuing to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

July 14th, 2017

During the first half of July, demonstrations and strikes have taken place in the region of Cusco due to labor disputes between public employees and the government. Currently, the public education and health care sectors have joined the movement in addition to groups protesting the construction of a new airport. Classes at the ISA Cusco study center have not been affected by the strikes, allowing students to attend their courses as usual. Some ISA Cusco Service-Learning participants serving local health care organizations have experienced interruptions to their schedules, and ISA staff has been working with these students to find alternate solutions. ISA Cusco students have been advised of the protests, disruptions to transportation, possible congestion within the city, and areas to avoid. We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops and provide updates to students as needed.

South Korea

Seoul

July 3rd, 2017

At approximately 9:40 a.m. (local time), North Korea fired a ballistic missile from Banghyon in North Pyongan Province. Early reports indicate that the missile traveled approximately 930 kilometers and may have landed in Japan's exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea or Japan, though leaders of both countries continue to condemn North Korea's provocations. All ISA Seoul and Tokyo programs are continuing to run as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students and our Worldwide Alert accordingly.

May 28, 2017

Early Monday morning, May 29th (local time), North Korea fired a ballistic missile near the city of Wonsan, Kangwon province, toward the eastern part of the Korean Peninsula. According to a statement from South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, the missile flew about 450 kilometers and reportedly landed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea).

At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea. All ISA Seoul programs are continuing to run as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students and our Worldwide Alert accordingly.

May 21, 2017

Sunday afternoon, May 21st (local time), North Korea test fired a medium-range ballistic missile near the city of Puckchang in South Pyongan Province. The missile is believed to have traveled approximately 500 Kilometers (300 miles) and landed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) between South Korea and Japan.

At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea. All ISA Seoul programs are continuing to run as scheduled. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students and our Worldwide Alert accordingly.

May 13, 2017

Early Sunday morning, May 14th (local time), North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile near the city of Kusong in North Pyongan province. The missile is believed to have traveled approximately 700 Kilometers (435 miles) and landed in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) between South Korea and Japan. While South Korean and American authorities have yet to determine what type of missile was fired, initial reports suggest that it was not an intercontinental ballistic missile.

At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students and our Worldwide Alert accordingly.

April 28, 2017, 6:00 P.M. CST

Early Saturday morning, April 29th (local time), North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile, near Bukchang, South Pyeongan Province. The missile was supposedly fired in the direction of the Sea of Japan (East Sea), and it's actual distance traveled has yet to be determined, while some news outlets are reporting that the test failed. The missile test occurred several hours after U.S. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, addressed the United Nations during a special meeting to call for increased pressure on North Korea. As recently as Wednesday, April 26th, the Trump administration noted that it was still focusing on economic and diplomatic resolution to the increased tension with North Korea, though both U.S. and North Korean leaders continue to exchange rhetoric.

At the time of this report, there have been no changes in the security situation in South Korea. We will continue to monitor the situation and update students and our Worldwide Alert accordingly.

April 18, 2017

Recent weeks have seen an increase in tensions on the Korean Peninsula in addition to an increase in rhetoric between the U.S. and North Korea (DPRK). ISA has been closely monitoring these developments, in addition to the upcoming election for a new South Korea president, and any impact these events may have on our Seoul programs. The U.S. State Department has not issued any travel alerts or warnings for South Korea, nor have there been any recommendations that U.S. citizens stop traveling to South Korea at this time. ISA Seoul resident staff has reported that daily life in Seoul remains largely unaffected by recent events, and our spring programs have proceeded uninterrupted. The Seoul staff has been in regular communication with spring students to remind them of ISA safety procedures, offer support, and advise students to keep their families back home updated on their well-being.

ISA's Office of Health, Safety and Security is continuing to monitor the security situation in South Korea, including, but not limited to, reviewing any travel recommendations provided by the U.S. and other relevant governments, analysis by trusted security resources, and the most up-to-date information on the situation on the ground provided by the Seoul resident staff. Currently, all ISA Seoul programs, current and upcoming, are expected to continue as planned. ISA will promptly communicate with students, their home universities and emergency contacts should there be any changes to the security situation in South Korea or our programs.

Belgium

Brussels

June 20th, 2017

Around 9 PM local time, a man triggered a small explosion in the Brussels Central train station, near the city's Grand Place. The man was quickly neutralized by soldiers at the station. Local authorities have confirmed that the situation is now under control and that neither civilians nor officers were injured in the incident. ISA Brussels resident staff confirmed that train traffic at Brussels Central, Midi and North stations are currently halted in addition to Metro lines 1 and 5. ISA Brussels students have been informed of the incident, advised to avoid the area for the time being, and to check in with family back home. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

France

Paris

June 19th, 2017

At approximately 3:40 PM local time, a suspect drove his car into a police van on the Champs-Elysees in Paris. The assailant, who was reported to be armed and to have explosives in his car, died during the incident. Local authorities have confirmed that the situation is now under control and that neither civilians nor law enforcement officers were injured in the incident. ISA Paris students have been informed of the incident, advised to avoid the area for the time being, and to follow directives given by local authorities. ISA will continue to monitor the situation and advise students accordingly.

England

London

June 18th, 2017

At approximately 12:20 a.m. local time, a van drove into pedestrians outside of Finsbury Park Mosque on Seven Sisters Road. The incident occurred as worshipers observing Ramadan were leaving evening prayers. Emergency responders are currently on the scene tending to those injured. At the time of this report, at least one arrest was made as authorities continue to investigate the incident. Finsbury Park is located in Northern London, and is not near where ISA students live or study. The ISA London resident staff are communicating with students to make them aware of the incident. Students have been advised to avoid the area and to check in with ISA resident staff and family back home. ISA is continuing to monitor the situation and will advise students accordingly.

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For further information, please refer to ISA's Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.

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