Two think tanks,
The current growth model is coming under increasingly critical scrutiny around the world. A central issue for the future is the extent to which the major economic powers of the past fifty years – the US, Europe and Japan – will be capable of reformulating their growth model in a sustainable direction, and building new competitive advantages.
And the US national intelligence council
"We are at a critical juncture in human history, which could lead to widely contrasting futures. It is our contention that the future is not set in stone, but is malleable, the result of an interplay among megatrends, game-changers and, above all, human agency. Our effort is to encourage decisionmakers—whether in government or outside—to think and plan for the long term so that negative futures do not occur and positive ones have a better chance of unfolding"
National Intelligence Council Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds | Public Intelligence
Have produced reports forecasting the decline to the west and the rise of the developing nations in the east over the next 17 years. Both reports are in general agreement with other. There are many question that arise from these reports. However the shift in the balance of power is the focus of my question
Can these trends be reversed and is it in world intrest to try to reverse them? If not can Ireland/the EU insulate itself from this transition and how?