World more dan­ger­ous than two years ago: Re­port

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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.

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