Accession Number : ADA490430


Title :   Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World


Corporate Author : NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COUNCIL WASHINGTON DC


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a490430.pdf


Report Date : Nov 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 120


Abstract : The National Intelligence Council prepared Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World to stimulate strategic thinking about the future by identifying key trends, the factors that drive them, where they seem to be headed, and how they might interact. It uses scenarios to illustrate some of the many ways in which the drivers examined in the study (e.g., globalization, demography, the rise of new powers, the decay of international institutions, climate change, and the geopolitics of energy) may interact to generate challenges and opportunities for future decisionmakers. The study as a whole is more a description of the factors likely to shape events than a prediction of what will actually happen. By examining a small number of variables that we judge probably will have a disproportionate influence on future events and possibilities, the study seeks to help readers to recognize signposts indicating where events are headed and to identify opportunities for policy intervention to change or lock in the trajectories of specific developments. Among the messages we hope to convey are: If you like where events seem to be headed, you may want to take timely action to preserve their positive trajectory. If you do not like where they appear to be going, you will have to develop and implement policies to change their trajectory. For example, the report's examination of the transition out of dependence on fossil fuels illustrates how different trajectories will entail different consequences for specific countries. An even more important message is that leadership matters, no trends are immutable, and that timely and well-informed intervention can decrease the likelihood and severity of negative developments and increase the likelihood of positive ones.


Descriptors :   *SCENARIOS , *GLOBALIZATION , *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , LEADERSHIP , SUBSAHARAN AFRICA , DEMOGRAPHY , POPULATION , GEOPOLITICS , RUSSIA , CONFLICT , IRAN , TERRORISM , LATIN AMERICA , MULTIPOLARITY , TECHNOLOGY FORECASTING , CHINA , BALANCE OF POWER , ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT , CAPITALISM , UNITED STATES , INDIA , NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION , NUCLEAR WEAPONS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Sociology and Law
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE