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Heightened Political Risk Tensions Challenge Foreign Investors and Multinational Companies: Marsh’s 2016 Political Risk Map


In the last decade, multinational organisations have undertaken unprecedented international expansion, leaving them exposed to an expanding array of global credit and political risks. And those risks — including terrorism and political violence, armed conflicts, increasingly powerful anti-establishment political movements, the threat of global recession, and persistently low commodity prices — continue to grow.

Multinational risk professionals must now be prepared for virtually any type of political or economic risk threat in developed and emerging markets.

Drawing on data and insight from BMI Research, a leading source of independent political, macroeconomic, financial, and industry risk analysis, Marsh’s “Political Risk Map 2016” presents a global view of issues facing multinational organisations and investors.


According to the report, the major political risks that organisations and investors will face in the coming year include:

  • Terrorism and heightened conflict in the Middle East.
  • Emerging economy struggles.
  • 2016 US elections.
  • Anti-establishment parties in Europe.
  • Continued falling commodity prices.
  • Succession risks.
  • Centralisation vs federalism.
  • Rivalries among leading nations.