U.S. to Face 2030 as ‘First Among Equals,’ Report Projects
(CNN) — The United States is likely to remain the leading world power in 2030 but won’t hold the kind of sway it did in the past century, according to a new study by the U.S. intelligence community.”Nevertheless, with the rapid rise of other countries, the ‘unipolar moment’ is over, and ‘Pax Americana’ — the era of American ascendancy in international politics that began in 1945 — is fast winding down,” the report states.
Technological advances will give individuals more freedom, but also have the potential to provide small groups with the kind of destructive capabilities now available only to nations.
“With more widespread access to lethal and destructive technologies, individuals who are experts in such key areas as cyber systems might sell their services to the highest bidder,” Kojm said during a briefing on the report. “Terrorists might focus less on mass casualties and more on causing widespread economic and financial disruptions.”