Global Forecast of US National Intelligence Council

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2016-60-11-5-13

Y. Lukashin Moscow International Higher Business School (MIRBIS), 34/7,  Marksistskaya Str., Moscow, 109147, Russian Federation; Primakov National Research  Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences  (IMEMO), 23, Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow 117997, Russian Federation  (;
L. Rahlina, Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International  Relations, Russian Academy of Sciences (IMEMO), 23, Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow  117997, Russian Federation (

Abstract. The paper gives an analysis of the background, main trends, scenarios and factors of the long-term development of the world till 2030 which are exposed in forecasts of the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in its report of 2012. A comparison of these forecasts with reality for recent years is given. The lack of a series of important events and tendencies in the world development is found in this report. Sometimes authors consider that fact as a forecast error in other cases as an attempt to place the USA and the consequences of their activity in a good light. Methodology of long-term forecasting of NIC is close to foresight. First of all the authors are interested in estimation of new role of the USA in changing World. They have constructed two global indexes of state power: one to estimate relative diplomatic power, the other to estimate relative material power. Forecasts were obtained with imitation computer model “International Futures” which included 6 relative dynamic sub-models with more than 2000 indicators on 70 states and regions of the world. It allowed consider different scenarios of development. Special part of the report was devoted to revolutionary technologies and economic growth. Many conclusions on demographic, urbanization trends, economic growth, shortage of water etc. are realistic. Weights of Russia, China, Japan in world economy are diminishing. China will leave behind the USA economically until 2030. Crisis of Eurozone and its disintegration are discussed in the report. Really, the consequences of “Color revolutions” and “Arabian spring” in which the USA undoubtedly took part are not estimated properly. The role of the USA in many cases as a factor of peace and development is overestimated. Thesis about “damping of Islamic terrorism” is not true. Problem of Ukraine isn’t even mentioned. Crisis of Eurozone with millions refugees is underestimated. Non-controllable Islamic migration into Europe was not predicted. Disintegration of 15 countries is pointed out as possible. However, this list doesn’t contain the Great Britain, Canada and other countries. As it is known, 29 American states want to leave the USA peacefully. Anti-Russian sanctions and Russian counter-sanctions, new groups BRICS, TIKKS are not taken into account. Consequences of shale revolution were mistaken. New integration and disintegration processes are going. Divergence of forecasts and reality is inevitable. In some cases it is due to quick changes of the world and in others due to subjective point of view of the forecaster. 

Keywords: world economy, global problems, long-term forecasting, foresight method



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For citation:
Lukashin Y., Rakhlina L. Global Forecast of US National Intelligence Council. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2016, vol. 60, no. 11, pp. 5-13.

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