Balkans Features Low on Global Terrorism Map


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28 May 15

Balkans Features Low on Global Terrorism Map

The Balkan states are among the safest countries in the world in terms of the risk of terrorism, a new global risk map intended for investors says.

Dusica Tomovic
BIRN

Podgorica

A global risk map shows countries in the Balkan region have only a low to medium risk of terrorist attacks.

Launched on Wednesday by Aon Risk Solutions, a leading global risk management groups, in partnership with the Risk Advisory Group, the map provides insight for businesses aiming to reduce their exposure to risk.

The ratings reflect general risk assessments of political and terrorism threats and assign each country a rating and a category ranging from negligible, low to severe – according to its risk of terrorism, civil unrest, including strikes, riots and civil commotion, and conflict, including rebellion and war.

Serbia, Kosovo and Bosnia have as a risk rating of “3” with a “medium” risk of terrorism and political violence while Montenegro, Bulgaria and of Romania have a lower risk rate.

The latest AON map showed the same level of possible threats in those countries as in the 2014 report.

The only two countries in the region that improved on last year’s score are Albania and Croatia. Croatia was rated with 1 and a “negligible risk” while Albania’s risk rating fell from 3 to 2.

Brazil, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, Fiji, Guyana, Honduras, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Panama, Tunisia and Uzbekistan are among the countries rated with the lowest risk of terrorism.

Nine developed economies – Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Ireland and Norway – were all rated with an increased risk.

“Many of these rises are largely due to increased terrorism threats, most of which stem from the rising influence of Islamic State as well as the ongoing threat from Al-Qaeda affiliates and supporters,” the report said.

Latin America saw the most positive results, with the risk level falling in seven countries across the region, including Cuba and Honduras, which both saw the first drop in risk terms in a decade.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)