Over the next five years risk of conflicts between and within the nations, are to levels that haven’t been seen since the Cold War. Tension grows between the US, Russia, and China. Threats considered major are nuclear threats from North Korea and ISIS against the well-being of the United States, while comparable shares regard the power and influence of Russia. Some say that a large number of refugees leaving Iraq and Syria pose a major threat.
With a growing North Korea nuke threat, President Donald Trump still insists on vowing that, “It won’t happen”. Now President Trump received a message January second from North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, regarding his latest missile threats. Trump tweeted, “North Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of US. It won’t happen!” He quickly followed that message up with that China was doing nothing to help the US cope with the rogue nation.
Global Trends reports deliberately avoid analyzing U.S. policies or choices, but the latest study underscored the complex difficulties Trump must address in order to fulfill his vows to improve relations with Russia, level the economic playing field with China, return jobs to the United States, and defeat terrorism. Outlined factors shaping a “dark and difficult near future,” included a more assertive Russia and China, regional conflicts, terrorism, rising income inequality, climate change, and sluggish economic growth.
The study, which included interviews with academic experts as well as financial and political leaders worldwide, examined political, social, economic and technological trends that the authors project will shape the world from the present to 2035, and their potential impact. “As the paradox of progress implies, the same trends generating near-term risks also can create opportunities for better outcomes over the long term,” the study said.