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US Intelligence Outlines Growing Threats to Global Order and US Security

Published March 13, 2024
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In a sobering assessment of global threats, the United States intelligence community has issued its 2024 Annual Threat Assessment report, indicating an array of challenges that undermine the current world order and US primacy. At the forefront, China, Russia, and Iran, along with non-state entities, are seen as major disruptors of international norms and pose a direct challenge to the US.

The document, which reflects the collaborative insights of US spy agencies, suggests heightened great power rivalry, transnational dilemmas, and regional conflicts have put significant strain on the global order. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia and escalations in the Gaza region since the October 7 attacks by Hamas are particularly notable flashpoints.

Particularly concerning is China's growing rapport with Russia amidst the latter's military campaign in Ukraine, inclusive of economic aid and exports of potentially dual-use goods skyrocketing since 2022. Such camaraderie underpins the concern for a stronger anti-US alliance.

The spotlight during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington, DC, was on the direct threats to the US, mainly China's technological prowess, which could be used to destabilize American democracy and potentially influence the 2024 US elections. Additional military assistance for Ukraine was advocated to support its fight against Russian aggression and to deter future hostility, notably from China concerning Taiwan and the South China Sea.

The tumult in Gaza raises red flags for global security as well, potentially fueling terrorism and inspiring attacks against US and Israeli targets by groups such as al-Qaeda and ISIS. On the subject of Iran, the expectation is to avoid outright conflict escalation, despite regional involvement.

The hearing also shed light on domestic security concerns, including terrorism threats linked to the US-Mexico border and the potential for new government leadership in Israel, which could spell a shift in policies regarding Palestinian and security issues.

Importantly, the assessment forecasts the security landscape leading up to the US presidential election in November, a pivotal moment that could see shifts in policy impacting the border security issue, a point of contention raised by the FBI over potential terrorism vulnerabilities.

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