US President Barack Obama has stated that the rising middle class in countries like India and Brazil are competing with their counterparts in America, and even their governments of developing countries are seeking a greater say in global forums. “From Brazil to India, rising middle classes compete with us, and governments seek a greater say in global forums. And even as developing nations embrace democracy and market economies, 24-hour news and social media makes it impossible to ignore the continuation of sectarian conflicts and failing states and popular uprisings that might have received only passing notice a generation ago,” the American President said. Obama was addressing the US Military Academy in West Point, New York. He pointed out that the world is changing rapidly after 9/11. Obama said that the world is changing with accelerating speed, which gives both opportunity and new dangers. The US President said that Russia’s aggression towards former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors. Obama, in his speech, touched upon a wide range of foreign policy matters. The President condemned the dictatorship in Syria and pledged his support for the cause of Syrian people. He said the US will step up its efforts to support Syria’s neighbors Jordan and Lebanon, and Turkey and Iraq as they contend with refugees and confront terrorists working across Syria’s borders.