[Hassan Abbasi, IRGC officer and head of its think-tank ‘Center for Borderless Security Doctrinal Analysis’, is explaining his map of the future in which Iran will be one of the superpowers by 2050.]
Hassan Abbasi: This is 2050. This is like a city, and this a traffic zone, for example for odds and evens [car numbers]. This is the zone of 2010 to 2015, 2015 to 2020, 2020 to 2025, to 2030, to 2035, to 2050. In next 38 years, these things will happen. These are mega-trends, meaning big trends. The most important one is Globalization. Ageing (there are 13 main ones) which will be very widespread and all people of the world will grow old. Urbanism: living in cities will be very common. The power from the west of the globe will be transferred to the east. Environmental changes will happen, which will be very serious. Then comes personalization. Debts in the world will keep will be increasing. Individuality. Then it will be traced under 16 titles, including business, media, IT, family, transportation, food, environment, science, technology, economy. This is the path for this one here. Then its framework will be specified. For example, this red line here is for financial services, which shows what will happen and it comes to debts, etc. Each one of these shows what will happen from now on. These are signs of crisis. What you see here are signs of crisis in the future. Critical incidents that will happen from 2035 to 2050. Iran, Turkey, and Mexico will become superpowers and will have the key to being superpowers. And Iran and these countries will be superpowers in future, as it has been admitted. For example, betrayal in families will grow too much, reaching a critical point. This is couple’s betrayal. And other things. What will happen to oil? What will happen to the environment? What will happen to the population? And its mechanism. This is global risk – global dangers each of which can disrupt the world. One is U.S. – China conflict. One is Iran and Israel conflict, which will happen. One is if weapons of mass destruction fall into the hands of individuals – nuclear terrorism. Then if political changes take place in Arab countries such as Egypt, it will shake the world. And such things. This is called Trend and Technology. We have the same for 2035 and 2065.