US public’s ignorance may lead to unnecessary confrontation and war (sputniknews)

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‘US public’s ignorance may lead to unnecessary confrontation and war’ – Doug Wead

The US-based Council on Foreign Relations has recently published its new report on the top threats to watch out for in 2017. The think-tank’s ninth annual document, which is used by foreign policy professionals, assesses possible conflicts around the globe by likelihood and impact, and makes a list from a US perspective. The list itself starts with the possibility of a military confrontation between Russia and NATO. However, it’s seen as moderately probable. Other top threats for 2017 include a highly disruptive cyberattack on critical US infrastructure and a mass casualty terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland or one of its treaty allies. Meanwhile, the report downgraded four ongoing conflicts to lesser priorities in 2017. These include: political instability in European Union countries stemming from the refugee crisis, the fracturing of Iraq caused by sectarian violence and the Islamic State, increased tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, and the political breakup of Libya. Radio Sputnik discussed the issue with Doug Wead, a political analyst, who has also served as an adviser to two American presidents, and New York Times bestselling author.

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