Michael Baney is the senior intelligence manager for the Americas at WorldAware. He graduated from American University, where he earned a B.A. in political science, a graduate certificate in international economic relations, and M.A. in international affairs.
Of Sri Lankan roots, Sumedha brings a strong international affairs background and extensive experience in researching the MENA region. Prior to coming to WorldAware, he worked as a researcher/writer for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and was a media analyst at the Rendon Group. He has 15 years of experience and holds a BA in Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College and an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University. He has also lived and studied in Egypt and Yemen and speaks Arabic, Sinhala, and some French.
Brendan O'Reilly has spent most of his adult life living and working in China, India, and New Zealand. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. A variety of publications, including Asia Times, The Diplomat, and the BBC have featured Brendan's geopolitical analysis. His main areas of expertise are China's foreign policy and its domestic sociopolitical dynamics. Brendan's nine years of on-the-ground experience in the Asia-Pacific greatly aid his continuing work as an analyst for WorldAware.
The Hajj – the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and the largest mass gathering in the world – is an annual event typically occurring during late August to early September. Officials often identify sporadic outbreaks of diarrhea, respiratory, or bloodborne diseases during and immediately following the Hajj. Those with pre-existing heart or respiratory conditions are more likely to experience negative health consequences when participating in Hajj events.
To protect the health and safety of the travelers and residents alike, Saudi authorities have mandated several immunizations. These...