This discussion forum found at BBC.com caught my eye this morning. The question on the BBC front page leading into this forum asked, “Has the world lost faith in the U.S.?” Word choice is important, and this particular phrasing piqued my interest. I live within the borders of a world superpower in the midst of a changing world climate. My country has been a leader in world affairs for many years, and that power might be waning. The world has looked to the United States for leadership and placed “faith” in our ideals and certain aspects of our vision. In global politics this makes some sense as ideological battles have been waged between communism and democracy, World Wars have been fought as a result of the clash between freedom and fascism, and industrialization and technology have changed the world economic climate. The U.S. has had much to say on each of these matters.
As a Christian, the object of my faith is Jesus Christ. With that being the case, the formulation of the question above was a bit jarring. Here’s the information spurring the BBC forum. Feel free to visit the forum and chime in.
US economic, military and political dominance is likely to decline over the next two decades, according to American intelligence agencies. Who will be the next world leader?
According to the National Intelligence Council (NIC) China and India will grow more powerful in the coming decades as the US weakens. They also predict that the US dollar will no longer be the world’s major currency and food and water scarcities will fuel conflict.
The NIC prepares a global trends report every four years in time for the next presidential term. This report also claims that a world with more power centres will be less stable than one with one or two superpowers, causing a greater potential for conflict.
The report will make sombre reading for Mr Obama, says the BBC’s Jonathan Beale in Washington, as it paints a bleak picture of the future of US influence and power.
Do you think the USA is losing its influence in world affairs? Which countries will take on the title of the next ‘superpower’? What can they do to regain their position of dominance in the world order? Do you agree with the NIC that this change could lead to a greater potential for conflict?