Who Feels Safe?
Foreign affairs journalism often finds itself consumed by heady, "big picture" issues. Have we entered the "Chinese Century"? Is America in decline? Will there be an arms race in the Middle East? Has the European debt crisis abated? But for millions, even billions of the world's population, questions of grand strategy and smart power are often eclipsed by far more immediate and practical ones: Can I feed my family today? Will we have shelter? Can I find work? And one concern that binds people from New Delhi to Denver is personal safety. So where, then, do the most people feel the safest? With help from Gallup's global research, we decided to explore this question and find the world's most personally safe places. Global Top 5s is a monthly feature by RealClearWorld.com powered by Gallup's worldwide research. Learn more at Gallup.com.