Nationalism, a backlash against globalisation and the power of social media are shaping a dark and difficult future, a US intelligence report warns.
The Global Trends: Paradox of Progress report released by the US National Intelligence Council overnight warns that the post-World War II era of stability, international co-operation and consensus-building has eroded.
It will be “a dark and difficult near future”, the report warns.
“For better and worse, the emerging global landscape is drawing to a close an era of American dominance following the Cold War,” it concedes. “So, too, perhaps is the rules-based international order that emerged after World War II.”
It also highlights incoming US President Donald Trump, due to take office on January 20, will face a complex and reactive world — and not just the increasing assertiveness of China and Russia.