Geopolitical tensions will define post COVID risk map

As the global vaccination programme signals hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will be beaten, new research warned that the world faces a major threat from rising geopolitical risks, across the globe.

Risk 2021: Navigating the Geopolitical Whirlpools of Tomorrow’ has been published by the Kings University’s Geopolitical Risk Society and warned there are major threats that need to be addressed.

Organised crime, populism, energy security, ‘Corona-conflicts’ and melting Arctic sea ice are just some of the imminent global risks and challenges analysed by King’s students in the report.

Among the issues it highlights are how creating Africa’s largest hydroelectric dam risks destabilising a wide region of the continent and the long-lasting effects and risks of defunding international development programmes

The report also investigates how criminal gangs have adapted to COVID-19 and are weakening government structures, and the continuation of terrorism during the pandemic.

The future impact on world politics of increased access to the Arctic due to global warming, is seen as a major threat both currently and in the future as are the threats created by the rise of ethno-racial nationalist and populist politics.

The increasingly strategic role of the Indian Ocean in the global economy, and the potential impact that geopolitical risks may pose ion the region has also been highlighted by the team.

“In a nutshell, Risk Report 2021 looks at the challenges of tomorrow. Although emphasising the role of the pandemic in transforming nature of the contemporary global order may be a cliché at this point, the articles published in the report seek to help stakeholders prepare for this uncertain year, full of both challenges and opportunities,” explained its Editor in Chief Archishman Ray Goswami.