The question “Do you know your risks” is often answered with a quick yes. Of course, we know the country and we follow travel security advice, such as provided by the foreign office. In mature risk management systems, these elements are indeed important, however it shows only a part of the picture. The question who you are, how you are being perceived, who you are sending, who you are related to and what your mission and mandate is in that specific area is another part. Where you and the context meet is the real risk and this varies per organization, sometimes even per staff member. Don’t follow others in their assessments.