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A majority of top US foreign policy experts say the world is a more dangerous place for Americans today than just six months ago, thanks largely to the war in Iraq and a failing US war on terrorism, a new survey shows.

 

A majority of the 108 experts polled by Foreign Policy magazine and the Center for American Progress also said they would expect another Sept. 11-scale attack within the next decade, despite substantial improvements among US security, law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

 

The findings appear as a Terrorism Index in the September/October issue of Foreign Policy magazine, which is published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

 

The survey was conducted on May 23 to June 26.

 

Following are the top countries named by experts as posing major challenges to US national security policy.

 

Which country is most likely to become the next al Qaeda stronghold?

 

Pakistan.......35 percent

 

Iraq...........22 percent

 

Somalia........11 percent

 

Sudan...........8 percent

 

Afghanistan.....7 percent

 

Which countries are most likely to transfer nuclear technology to terrorists in the next three to five years?

 

Pakistan.......74 percent

 

North Korea....42 percent

 

Russia.........38 percent

 

Iran...........31 percent

 

United States...5 percent

 

Respondents were invited to name more than one country.

 

Choose the ally that least serves America's national security interests.

 

Russia.........34 percent

 

Pakistan.......22 percent

 

Saudi Arabia...17 percent

 

Israel.........14 percent

 

Mexico..........5 percent

 

Egypt...........5 percent

 


First published: 08.20.07, 08:37
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