Magazine article Foreign Affairs

?Global Trends: Paradox of Progress/World on the Move: Consumption Patterns in a More Equal Global Economy

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

?Global Trends: Paradox of Progress/World on the Move: Consumption Patterns in a More Equal Global Economy

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Recent Books: Economic, Social, and Environmental: Global Trends: Paradox of Progress/World on the Move: Consumption Patterns in a More Equal Global Economy BY THE NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE COUNCIL. National Intelligence Council, 2017, 226 pp.

World on the Move: Consumption Patterns in a More Equal Global Economy BY TOMAS HELLEBRANDT AND PAOLO MAURO. Peterson Institute for International Economics, 2016, 166 pp.

Every four years, the U.S. government's National Intelligence Council (nic) addresses in a report the important global economic, political, and societal developments it believes are likely to occur in the near term (the next five years) and the longer term (the next two decades). This year's edition makes for a sobering read. It foresees slower global economic growth and increasing public disappointment with the ability of governments to ensure prosperity or even provide basic public goods such as education, health care, and security. The threat from terrorist organizations will increase, further undermining public confidence. …

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