How to Read the National Intelligence Council’s Latest Global Trends Report

How to Read the National Intelligence Council’s Latest Global Trends Report
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifies on Capitol Hill, Washington, Jan. 5, 2017 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

This week, the National Intelligence Council released its quadrennial report about global trends, and it’s a sober read. Governance is getting harder, and the nature of power is changing. While the report doesn’t predict major power conflict, it sees Russia and China both exploiting the erosion of confidence in the West to expand their influence in the international system. One policy-relevant judgment is about resilience: Countries that invest in infrastructure, innovation and relationships will fare better in this unstable future. Every four years, the National Intelligence Council (NIC) produces an unclassified, broad-gauged assessment of long-term global trends. The work of […]

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