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Global Risk Report 2008

Global Risk Report 2008

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World Economic ForumJanuary 2008
Global Risks 2008
A Global Risk Network Report
COMMITTED TOIMPROVING THE STATEOF THE WORLD
A World Economic Forum Report
in collaboration with
CitigroupMarsh & McLennan Companies (MMC)Swiss ReWharton School Risk CenterZurich Financial Services
 
This work was prepared by the Global Risk Network of the World Economic Forum.
World Economic Forum
91-93 route de la CapiteCH-1223 Cologny/GenevaSwitzerlandTel.: +41 (0)22 869 1212Fax: +41 (0)22 786 2744E-mail: globalrisks@weforum.orgwww.weforum.org © 2008 World Economic ForumAll rights reserved.No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmittedin any form or by any means, including photocopying and recording, or by anyinformation storage and retrieval system.
REF: 090108
The information in this report, or on which this report is based, has been obtained from sources that the authors believe tobe reliable and accurate. However, it has not been independently verified and no representation or warranty, express orimplied, is made as to the accuracy or completeness of any information obtained from third parties. In addition, thestatements in this report may provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include anystatement that does not directly relate to a historical fact or a current fact. These statements involve known and unknownrisks, uncertainties and other factors which are not exhaustive. The companies contributing to this report operate in acontinually changing environment and new risks emerge continually. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance onthese statements. The companies contributing to this report undertake no obligation to publicly revise or update anystatements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise and they shall in no event be liable for anyloss or damage arising in connection with the use of the information in this report.
 
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Contents
Introduction
4
Focus on Emerging Issues in Global Risk
6
Assessing Global Risks in 2008
20
Networked World, Networked Risks
25
Financial Markets, Risk Transfer and Risk Mitigation
30
Structuring Mitigation at the State and International Level:Taking the Country Risk Officer Forward
36
Conclusion
39
Appendix 1: Taxonomy of Global Risk: Trends, Issues of Concern, Risks
41
Appendix 2: Risk Assessments
45
Contributors
52
Participants
53

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