Sunday, May 19, 2013

On Political Risk & Terrorism, U.S. Riskier Than Botswana

The Middle East and major oil producing nations in that part of the world remain the worst places for terrorism on Earth. But when it comes to political risk and social unrest, the United States isn’t much better than Botswana, says risk management consulting firm Aon Plc of the U.K.
When it comes to civilian unrest and the likelihood of being injurred in a terrorist attack, the United States still ranks as one of the safest around, but not as safe as — believe it or not — Botswana.  Even Namibia is considered safer in terms of political risk, civilian unrest and acts of terrorism.  So saysthe latest political risk map by U.K. based Aon Plc, a risk management firm.
Businesses often use political risk in assessing whether or not to invest in a country.  On a scale from 1 to 5, with 5 being the most risky, the U.S ranks like most of Western Europe, at No. 2.  While that number is low, it is not as safe as other countries, namely Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Switzerland and Finland.

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