NIC Global Trends 2025 report: US influence on the decline
The Global Trends 2025 report released from the US National Intelligence Council (NIC) has confirmed what analysts have been saying for years: The United States is in the beginning stages of a long period of decline.
Much like the Roman Empire, the United States has reached the height of its dominance over the known world. The report by US intelligence agencies says that over the next two decades China, India, and independent groups will become increasingly important globally.
See the BBC report to read the key points of the US National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2025.
Reporting from Washington -- A new assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies predicts that American influence in the world will decline over the next two decades as surging powers such as China and India, as well as independent entities including tribes and criminal networks, gain international clout.
The report, meant to serve as a guidepost for President-elect Barack Obama's administration, offers a vision of a future in which the U.S., while the most powerful, is but "one of a number" of important players in the world.
Describing the findings, Tom Fingar, deputy director of National Intelligence for analysis, said there would be a "diminished gap between the United States and everybody else. . . . The unipolar moment is over."
The report, titled "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World," represents the U.S. intelligence community's most comprehensive examination to date of long-term security issues. It sees a possible increase in terrorist violence even as support for extremism starts to wane.
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