ANNUAL FORECASTS

2016 Annual Forecast

MIN READDec 28, 2015 | 12:56 GMT

The United States and Russia are still locked in an intractable standoff. Nationalism is resurfacing in Europe. The price of oil and other commodities are low. Chinese consumption is falling.

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Overview

2016 is shaping up to be an unsettling year for much of the world. The United States and Russia are still locked in an intractable standoff. Nationalism is resurfacing in Europe. The price of oil and other commodities are low. Chinese consumption is falling. And countries around the world are more resolved than ever before to intensify their military campaigns against the Islamic State. ...

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Europe

MIN READDec 28, 2015 | 17:37 GMT

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

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Eurasia

MIN READDec 28, 2015 | 17:46 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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Middle East and North Africa

MIN READDec 28, 2015 | 18:05 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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Asia-Pacific

MIN READDec 28, 2015 | 18:26 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 READDec 28, 2015 | 19:36 GMT

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

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Sub-Saharan Africa

MIN READDec 28, 2015 | 19:49 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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Americas

MIN READDec 28, 2015 | 19:36 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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