2015 Annual Forecast

MIN READJan 12, 2015 | 10:30 GMT

2014 was the year in which the world was finally shaken out of complacency. Ukraine triggered Russia's inevitable confrontation with the United States and Europe. Economic malaise in Europe became impossible to ignore. An anti-corruption drive in China exposed how far and deep Chinese leadership is willing to go manage dissent.

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As we look at what 2015 holds in store, we know the oil markets are oversupplied, Europe and China will continue to stagnate, and Russia will work under heavy constraints to deny the West a strong foothold in crucial areas of its periphery while the rest of the world deals with the repercussions of these trends. The ebb and flow of this tumult is covered in the forecast that follows. ...



MIN READJan 12, 2015 | 00:48 GMT

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





MIN READJan 12, 2015 | 00:59 GMT

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




Middle East and North Africa

MIN READJan 12, 2015 | 01:31 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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MIN READJan 12, 2015 | 01:40 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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MIN READJan 12, 2015 | 01:50 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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South Asia

MIN READJan 12, 2015 | 01:58 GMT

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




Sub-Saharan Africa

MIN READJan 12, 2015 | 02:14 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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