ANNUAL FORECASTS

2013 Annual Forecast

MIN READJan 7, 2013 | 12:00 GMT

The rules of the game are changing in the international system. In 2013, we will see that denial of that change is waning.

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Overview

At the beginning of 2012, we argued that the international system is undergoing a generational transformation -- the kind that occurs every 20 years or so. The cycle we are now in started in 2008-2009, when global financial contagion exposed the underlying weaknesses of Europe and eventually cracked China's export-oriented economic model. The Middle East then began to deviate from its post-World War II paradigm with an attempted resurgence by Iran, the regional rise of Islamists and the decline of age-old autocratic regimes in the Arab world. ...

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Middle East and North Africa

MIN READJan 7, 2013 | 19:27 GMT

The Middle East and North Africa encompasses the Arabian Peninsula, the mountains of Iran, the plains of Turkey, the deserts of the Levant, the lands north of the Sahara and all coasts in between.

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Europe

MIN READJan 7, 2013 | 21:17 GMT

Europe is a continent riven by pockets of distinct cultures whose differences are all too often irreconcilable.

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Eurasia

MIN READJan 7, 2013 | 20:36 GMT

Eurasia connects the East to the West, forming a land bridge that borders Europe, the Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and South Asia.

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Asia-Pacific

MIN READJan 7, 2013 | 20:26 GMT

Centered on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean, the Asia-Pacific region includes the easternmost countries of continental Asia as well as the archipelagos that punctuate the coast.

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South Asia

MIN READJan 7, 2013 | 20:26 GMT

Everything that informs geopolitics can be found in South Asia: challenging demographics, geographic diversity, and contentious, ill-defined borders.

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Americas

MIN READJan 7, 2013 | 20:26 GMT

This geographically, culturally and politically diverse region is home to the United States, a nation whose geography helped it become the foremost economic and military power in the world

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Sub-Saharan Africa

MIN READJan 7, 2013 | 20:27 GMT

Covering an area that spans the entire width of the continent beginning at the Sahara Desert and ending at the southernmost tip of South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa is home to countless cultures, languages, religions, plants, animals and natural resources.

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