* Nearly 40% of the world’s 195 countries will see civil unrest during 2020, according to Verisk Maplecroft.
* Risk of backlash by security forces is deemed high in countries such as Russia, Saudi Arabia and China.
* Corporations will be under increased pressure to avoid getting tangled up in this “new normal.”
Almost a quarter of the world’s countries witnessed a surge in protest and unrest last year and that figure is set to rise further in 2020, according to a new study.
There are 195 countries in the world, if the Vatican and Palestine are included, and a newly released index of civil unrest has claimed that 47 of those states witnessed a rise in civil unrest in 2019.
The data model, published Thursday by socio-economic and political analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft, has also predicted that in 2020, the number will balloon to 75 countries.
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WNU Editor: 2019 was a turbulent year. 2020 is going to be worse.