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Panel Foresees Lesser US Role - Nicholas Kralev, Washington Times
The top US intelligence panel this week is expected to issue a snapshot of the world in 2025, in a report that predicts fading American economic and military dominance and warns of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
The predictions come from the National Intelligence Council (NIC), part of Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell's office.
The NIC report, a draft copy of which is titled "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World," is slated for release as early as Thursday.
The report also predicts "a unified Korea" is likely by then, and that China will be the world's second-largest economy and a major military power.
"The United States will remain the single most powerful country, although less dominant," according to a "working draft" of the document obtained by The Washington Times. "Shrinking economic and military capabilities may force the US into a difficult set of tradeoffs between domestic and foreign-policy priorities."
More at The Washington Times.