For additional 50+ resources, see Supply Market Intelligence Indices - Country and Geopolitical Risk (under Multi-Inclusive). This collection provides access to country/geopolitical indices that measure overall risk concerns, in addition to specific areas such as corruption, productivity, economic health, ethics/human rights, quality of life, information technology, governance, and regulatory environment.  

Use for: country risk as applied to supply chain

CIPS (Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) Risk Index is powered by Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) and helps in understanding the risks to which supply chains are exposed. In all, 132 countries (comprising 90+% of global economic activity) are assessed across nine categories, on a monthly basis. The individual country scores are then aggregated to calculate a global supply risk score. The CIPS Risk Index Quarterly Report highlights the findings and is open access. The Country Heatmap helps in visualizing the results. Two additional individual country reports are available: Country RiskLine report, which provides a monthly snapshot view of a country’s cross-border risk exposure, and Country Insight report, which is a quarterly in-depth analysis of a country’s risks and opportunities provides summary recommendations, trend and forward-looking analysis and focussed narrative around the implications of each key risk factor (payment required).

Use for: open access general country and sector risk assessment

Coface, a provider of trade credit insurance, freely provides 160 frequently updated country evaluations based on macroeconomic, financial, and political data. In addition, twelve sectors from six geographical regions, are assessed every quarter. 

Use for: ranking the reslience of 130 counties to disruptive events

The FM Global Resilience Index is a tool that ranks the resilience of 130 countries and territories according to their enterprise resilience to disruptive events. Three new drivers of enterprise resilience (urbanization rate, supply chain visibility, and inherent cyber risk) have been added to the original nine drivers. Data can be downloaded for inclusion in reports and presentations. An easy-to-use graphical and numerical interface allows you to compare countries based on their enterprise resilience. Open access.

Use for: open access global political risk insights

On Global Risk Insights’ (GRI) open access site, over 200 political risk analysts provide insights into political developments around the world. The analysts include current and former presidential advisors, intelligence officers, financiers, industry consultants, and journalists. You can browse by region or by topic (Politics, Economics, Security, Natural Resources, Technology, or Finance). GRI was founded at the London School of Economics (LSE) by four then graduate students seeking to revolutionize the political risk industry. 

Use for: geopolitical intelligence

Stratfor is a geopolitical intelligence and advisory firm founded in 1996 when a small group of political scientists and entrepreneurs moved their project, The Center for Geopolitical Studies at Louisiana State University, into the private sector (website). Stratfor has three offerings: Worldview, Threat Lens, and  Advisory Services. Worldview, an in-depth geopolitical intelligence platform provides quarterly, yearly and decade-out forecasts of global trends and events. Threat Lens provides key global security insights via a single, interactive, threat dashboard based on which countries, topics, and content types you want to see. Lens analyzes and forecasts security risk spanning Criminal Activity, Terrorism and Insurgency, Industrial Espionage, and Business Continuity. In 2019, Stratfor launched Stratfor Worldview Enterprise that allows organizations to map and monitor geopolitical risk via analytical tools that aid in anticipating areas in the world where operations are at the greatest risk.

Use for: detailed risk factors by country

INFORM is a global, open-source risk assessment for monitoring the potential impact of humanitarian crises and disasters. It can be used to support decisions about supply chain disaster prevention, preparedness, and response. The Inform Index is a list of countries with detailed data/indicators covering three major categories: hazard and exposure, vulnerability, and coping capacity. Reports can be pulled for individual countries as well. Inform’s methodology for assessing risk includes natural disasters, human/socio-economic factors, and information about each country’s ability to cope with disruptive stress based on the strength or weakness of institutions and infrastructure.

Use for: tropical storm forecasts and risk awareness

This is a resource for predicting and mapping worldwide tropical storm activity. The website provides forecasts and information for risk awareness of tropical storms. The Forecasts section shows information separated by geographical regions: Atlantic ACE Index and USA and Caribbean Landfalling, Northwest Pacific ACE Index and System Numbers, Cyclones, and Australian Region ACE Index, System Numbers and Landfalling. Open access.

Use for: understing U.S. relationships with other countries

Here you can get links to key US State Department publications that include: Bilateral Relations Factsheets, which focus on U.S. relations with each country (Countries & Areas tab); and Country Reports on Terrorism, Human Rights, Religious Freedom, and Trafficking in Persons (Policy Issues tab). Open access.

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