Significantly, this report expects Asia to surpass the West in economic activity. That’s hardly a surprise given current trends. But we note something similar was once predicted for Japan, and that country’s anticipated dominance went by the wayside.
That’s the problem with predictions: They never can take everything into account. And sometimes, unexpected events come into play.
For this reason, Global Trends offers different scenarios for the future, depending on a variety of factors. And while it anticipates a decline in Islamic radicalism, it sees instability elsewhere as shortages of water and other resources create conflicts in some parts of the globe.
This report, of course, is not merely idle speculation. Rather, it’s intended to assess the world in order to avoid some negative outcomes and mitigate others. To prevent problems, it’s essential to know that they lurk on the horizon.
— New Castle, Pa., News