Coronavirus Pandemic Makes Politically Risky World Even Riskier

The global COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an “already volatile political risk landscape” with most countries recording elevated political risk.

According to a midyear update to insurance broker Marsh JLT Specialty’s Political Risk Map 2020, all 197 countries rated for the report experienced an increase in their risk scores between January and 2020—that’s compared to only 60 countries (30 percent) that experienced an increase during the same period in 2019.

The magnitude of change was also much greater: In 2019, 97 percent of the increases were small (0.1-0.4), while 40 percent of risk scores have risen between 1.0 and 1.4 so far this year.

Among the highlights of the report: