The map measures the risk of political violence to international business in 200 countries and territories, based on three icons indicating the forms of political violence which are likely to be encountered: Terrorism and sabotage; Strikes, riots, civil commotion and malicious damage; Political insurrection, revolution, rebellion, mutiny, coup d'etat, war and civil war.

In the risk study countries were evaluated for overall risk, and also given special mention for particular risks in six categories: exchange transfers, sovereign non-payment of debts, political interference, supply chain disruption, legal and regulatory risk and political violence.

Aon, the issuer of the map, is a London-based insurance and business services company.