The Seven Top Potential Threats of 2017

Center for Foreign Relations: “The Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) ninth annual Preventive Priorities Survey identified seven top potential flashpoints for the United States in the year ahead.”

“The survey, conducted by CFR’s Center for Preventive Action (CPA), asked foreign policy experts to rank conflicts based on their likelihood of occurring or escalating and their potential impact on U.S. national interests.”

Among those threats deemed moderately likely and highly impactful to U.S. interests are “a deliberate or unintended military confrontation between Russia and NATO members, stemming from assertive Russian behavior in Eastern Europe” and “a mass casualty terrorist attack on the U.S. homeland or a treaty ally by either a foreign or homegrown terrorist.”

On an optimistic note, “no scenario was deemed both highly likely and highly impactful to U.S. interests, a change from last year when an intensification of Syria’s civil war was considered the most urgent threat.”

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