2017 Annual Forecast

MIN READDec 27, 2016 | 13:44 GMT

The convulsions to come in 2017, including those in the United States, are the political manifestations of much deeper forces in play. In much of the developed world, such Japan, Russia and Germany, the trend of aging demographics and declining productivity is layered with technological innovation and the labor displacement that comes with it.



Long-arching trends tend to quietly build over decades and then noisily surface as the politics catch up. The longer economic pain persists, the stronger the political response. That loud banging at the door is the force of nationalism greeting the world's powers, particularly Europe and the United States, still the only superpower. ...



MIN READDec 27, 2016 | 23:21 GMT

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





MIN READDec 27, 2016 | 00:32 GMT

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




Middle East and North Africa

MIN READDec 27, 2016 | 01:20 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 READDec 27, 2016 | 20:34 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 READDec 27, 2016 | 23:49 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 READDec 27, 2016 | 00:05 GMT

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




Sub-Saharan Africa

MIN READDec 27, 2016 | 00:18 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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