It's a new year which means Eurasia Group, the risk consultancy I founded and run, has just released our annual look ahead at the top 10 geopolitical risks facing the world in 2019. Buckle up.
But there's one thing Eurasia Group will be paying attention to above all else this year: long-term problems. Because the world will continue to be consumed by addressing the various political crises of the day, the broader challenges facing the globe will continue to go unaddressed
— from the erosion of U.S. democratic institutions, to the fracturing of key global alliances. That means when a crisis does hit down the road, its impact will be devastating. That's the very top risk of 2019.
The One Thing to Read About It:
Eurasia Group's full report
, obviously. If you prefer your risks in more visual form, we have accompanying videos as well.
The One Major Misconception About It:
That 2019 is shaping up to be the most politically explosive year ever. Yes, all the long term trendlines for global politics are trending downwards, but it takes years for a geopolitical order (complete with norms, customs and institutions) to unravel, and years for the next one to take hold in earnest. 2019 isn't going to be a year where everything suddenly changes. Instead, we'll see many of the same problems we saw in 2018, and plenty of them will bleed into 2020 as well.
The One Thing to Say About It:
People think it's boom times for the political risk industry. But this gig is kind of like driving a taxi—you want it raining hard enough that everyone wants your services, but not so hard that people avoid leaving the house altogether.
The One Thing to Avoid Saying About It:
That Brexit is a huge risk for 2019. The U.K's current political situation only got an asterisk
is Eurasia Group's report this year—that's because there's as much chance things will be just fine as everything going belly-up, and we just don't know which is which at this point. The Brits can't even do political risk right.
This article was originally published on TIME.com.