The Trump administration faces a world at greater risk of conflict, slower growth and more anti - democratic pressures than since the cold war in a US intelligence report released yesterday. US leadership is ebbing amid shifts in economic, political and technological power and changes in the global landscape that predict a dark and difficult future according to the National Intelligence Councils report. The next five years will see rising tensions within and between countries, the report says. For better or worse, the emerging global landscape is drawing to a close an era of American dominance following the Cold War.

The National Intelligence Council, a research group under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence issues it's global assessment every four years, and the new report came out 11 days before Donald Trump is inaugurated as US president. It paints a gloomy picture of the challenges pulling at the post World War 2 global order, including extreme income disparities, technological dislocation, demographic shifts, the impact of global warming and intensifying communal conflicts.

The report mentions that Western democracies will find it harder to stick to their principles and avoid being pulled apart from each other. It will be much harder to co - operate internationally and govern in ways public's expect. More countries will be able to veto co - operative efforts and the myriad channels of global communication will leave large numbers of people misinformed and divided.

The public will demand governments deliver security and prosperity, but flat revenues, distrust and a growing list of emerging issues will hamper government performance. The trends underscore the need for the US  to shore up traditional Western alliances as Russian and China test their resolve to preserve their influence.

The report was released after a US intelligence community report said Russia directed by President Vladimir Putin undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere in the recent US Presidential election and support Mr Trump.

10 / 1 / 2017 ... Article Research - The Australian Newspaper - theaustralian.com.au 

 

Published by Julian Groom