” Which is the Bad Bank?” This is a rhetorical question. However, as things stand right now in Afghanistan, the answer to that question is obvious. Which is really the Bad Bank? Which is the country with the most corruption? Which is currently holding American soldiers captive?
If we look at all the countries which are in desperate need of stable government and the institutions to provide for its people, one would indeed be surprised to find that the most corrupt country of the world is Sweden. Now, it may be unfair to compare the Swedish government with that of the Indian government or the governments of other former European colonies. After all, there is no common language, and the lives of the people in Sweden and India are quite different. Still, looking at the issues which are prevalent in both of those countries, one can safely say that Sweden is indeed the least “good” of all the bad countries in the World.
One might also question where the United States rank as the best country for its citizens. Sure, it may not be the topmost priority for everyone in India or Afghanistan, but what is it for the average citizen of the USA? It is true that as things stand right now, the USA is not quite as democratic as some would wish, especially since the Supreme Court has just handed a big blow to the voting rights of millions of voters – an issue that directly affects the welfare of all Americans. Still, if voting rights are eliminated, how will Americans in general deal with the next elections? It seems that the worst possible thing is that they might end up getting even less of their entitlements than they already have.
Now, let’s go over the other two contenders on the top 10 best countries in Asia. First up is Pakistan. With friendly neighbors like India and China, Pakistan is actually a stable country. However, its overall economy is very poor, especially considering how important the oil trade is for the country. Also, there are widespread human rights abuses within the military, with human rights activists being brutally murdered.
Next up on our list of the top ten most dangerous countries in the world is Afghanistan. Like Pakistan, Afghanistan is a very unstable country with widespread civil unrests. The reasons for this unrest are a variety of; Islamic fundamentalism, opium production, drug trafficking, and simple resistance groups. Additionally, weapons depots and international terrorists run rampant in Afghanistan, making it a very bad country to be in.
Number three on our list of the most dangerous countries in the world is Syria. There has been significant internal fighting going on for the last couple of years, with the conflict reaching an all time high. Thousands have lost their lives and much more have fled the country due to the violence. Of course, the most gruesome aspect of this whole conflict is that no diplomatic negotiations are in place to stop it. Thus, Syria has completely isolated itself and will have to either join the International community or face severe repercussions.
Number four on our list of the most dangerous countries in Asia is China. Although technically an independent country, China has many significant things tied to its country. First, it holds North Korea’s largest known stockpile of nuclear weapons. Second, it is involved in a vast trade with Pakistan, which has also contributed to instability in Pakistan. It also has many miles of border at Afghanistan and has influence over both India and Afghanistan through its huge construction projects in Pakistan.
Hopefully by reading this article you will have a better idea of what constitutes a bad country when it comes to the behavior of a nation state. In future articles I will be examining the other two. I hope this will help those looking to move to the Asian century, as the United States and Canada are our closest allies in Asia. You can reach me at any time via email, twitter or at my blog. Please consider this.