World more dangerous than two years ago: Report
Stockholm: Most people think the world is more dangerous today than it was two years ago as concerns rise over politically motivated violence and weapons of mass destruction, according to a new survey.
Six out of 10 respondents to the survey, commissioned by the Global Challenges Foundation, said the dangers had increased, with conflict and nuclear or chemical weapons seen as more pressing risks than population growth or climate change.
The results released on Tuesday come as NATO leaders prepare to meet in Brussels amid growing tensions between the US and fellow members over defence spending, which some fear could damage morale and play into the hands of Russia.
“It’s clear that our current systems of global cooperation are no longer making people feel safe,” said Mats Andersson, vice chairman of the Global Challenges Foundation, in a statement.
Mr Andersson said turbulence between NATO powers and Russia, ongoing conflict in Syria, Yemen and Ukraine and nuclear tensions with North Korea and Iran were making people feel unsafe. A separate survey commissioned by the Global Challenges Foundation after North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un met US President Donald Trump found people were largely not reassured.
Less than a third of the nearly 5000 respondents reported feeling less concerned about weapons of mass destruction.