Dangerous Countries: Know Before You Go To Avoid Princeton PhD’s Fate

Travel is back. Travelers are flying all over the globe, seemingly without a care. But the world remains a dangerous place, as Princeton University doctoral student Elizabeth Tsurkov discovered when she was kidnapped in Iraq in March. After nearly four months without contact, she is believed to be still alive, perhaps being held as a bargaining chip.

A new Global Guardian report on the world’s most dangerous countries includes Iraq. The company defines travel risk using indicators including crime rates, health, natural disasters, infrastructure, conflict, civil unrest, and terrorism. It divides countries into five categories of risk ranging from Low to Extreme.

But personal security isn’t

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