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The Year That Was 2017

Dec 20, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
The year 2017 opened with a new U.S. president, and alarmism about the path Donald Trump would take.

The year 2017 was particularly unique given the questions percolating around the new U.S. president, Donald Trump.

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We would not be doing our jobs correctly if we only forecast the year ahead. Quite simply, we must be rigorous in examining the past, and that means taking a hard look at how well we did in determining the major trends of the year gone by. In every respect, 2017 was particularly unique because of the questions -- and alarmism -- surrounding the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump. Would the world see a dramatic warming of U.S. relations with Russia that would leave many Western allies in the lurch? Would a massive trade war break out between the United States and China? Would the Iran nuclear deal be torn up? These were all questions we sought to address as we pondered the changing dynamics of the global system. Is this review of 2017, we list some of our key deductions, alongside honest appraisals of what we got right...

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