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COVID-19 and Political Risk: Fuel to the Fire


The last few months have seen the ongoing pandemic’s economic and social impacts drive significant shifts in global political risk. According to the mid-year update to our Political Risk Map 2020, COVID-19 has introduced new dynamics and accelerated existing geopolitical megatrends such as trade protectionism and the transition to a multipolar world order.

Marsh JLT Specialty’s Asia Political Risk and Structured Credit Leader Mark Wong told Asia Insurance Review that, in the coming months, we can expect to see a heightened political risk environment as some governments seek to distract attention from domestic issues by ramping up foreign-policy assertiveness, bring a risk of confrontation.

At the same time, Marsh’s Asia Retail Placement Leader Adam Russell pointed out how continued unrest in the US is also a cause for concern as it spreads and gathers momentum.

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