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Strategic Intelligence for the Future 1 by Philippe Clerc, Alain Juillet, Henri Dou

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2 Geopolitics and Strategic Intelligence

2.1. Principles of analysis

In order to make CI truly work, we have to go beyond both business and competitive environments. It requires a curiosity that embraces all areas that can influence or impact the analysis and scenarios of the future from culture to geopolitics. It is also important to have absolute neutrality that requires ignoring our personal preoccupations. The absence of bias guarantees quality and depth of the analysis of information and overviews. This provides the most objective and complete production possible from which the decision-maker can make a choice and build upon their strategy [WIK 18a].

2.1.1. Getting to the point

Often a methodical analysis of the international press by cross-checking the assertions of each and every one of them makes it possible to discover or decode the underside of the cards. Therefore, the situational study of the major planetary actors makes it possible to better understand the initial positions of each. A few key elements are usually sufficient to draw up the framework for analysis.

Faced with the rise of China as their direct competitor [DEL 17] – and inevitably becoming the world’s largest economic power – the United States needs allies while relying on technological innovations that give them leadership in some key areas. In this context, contrary to what one might perceive, Russia and the United States, providing they want to, have a mutual interest in collaborating in order to ...

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