>> As world leaders head to the serene snow covered mountains of Davos, Switzerland,
e risk of outright war has risen sharply. That's according to a survey released Wednesday by the World Economic Forum which hosts the annual gathering in Davos. With more than 90% of nearly 1,000 experts from government, business, and academia predicting a worsening of geo-political confrontations between major powers this year.
Nuclear war, cyber attacks, and natural disasters topped the list of the 2018 global risks report, but nuclear conflict climbed higher up the list of concerns after a year of escalating rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. 79% of those polled see a heightened risk of state-on-state military conflict, citing a rise in quote, charismatic strongman politics across the world.
And in addition to the threat of war in the Korean Peninsula, the report pointed to the risk of new military confrontations in the middle east. Trump is due to give a speech on the closing day of the World Economic Forum next Friday. The survey comes as Trump considers approving a newly drafted nuclear strategy that would explicitly leave open the possibility to nuclear retaliation for non nuclear attacks on American infrastructure, including crippling cyber attacks.