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2018 Annual Forecast

MIN READDec 26, 2017 | 11:57 GMT

As the specter of war looms in the Asia-Pacific, global alliances will form and transform, and the United States will crack down even harder on Iran -- as well as its own trade partners.

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North Korea's likely achievement of a viable nuclear deterrent next year will give rise to a new and more unstable era of containment. As the specter of war looms in the Asia-Pacific, China and Russia will band together while the United States cracks down even harder on Iran -- as well as its own trade partners. ...

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Global Trends

MIN READDec 21, 2017 | 18:22 GMT

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Asia-Pacific

MIN READDec 21, 2017 | 21:09 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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Americas

MIN READDec 22, 2017 | 15:11 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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Middle East and North Africa

MIN READDec 22, 2017 | 15:22 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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Eurasia

MIN READDec 22, 2017 | 19:27 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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Europe

MIN READDec 22, 2017 | 20:17 GMT

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

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South Asia

MIN READDec 22, 2017 | 20:31 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 22, 2017 | 21:01 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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