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Newly elected Angolan President João Lourenço faces major challenges in diversifying the country's plummeting economy and in rehabilitating its international reputation, which has been damaged by longstanding corruption.
The October jihadist ambush in Niger that left four American soldiers dead has raised questions about US military deployment overseas.
If Catalan voters re-assert independence in forthcoming elections, the political crisis witnessed over the past several months could deepen.
Facing political and economic isolation, the Kurdistan Regional Government's authority and cohesion has been weakened.
While a viable peace agreement with the National Liberation Army would put Colombia on a path to comprehensive peace, the ceasefire announced has attracted both hope and scepticism.
The mass exodus of some 600,000 Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh, triggered by the Myanmar government's repressive policies, has produced a severe humanitarian crisis and geopolitical disruption in the region.
The US is likely to use the region as a staging area for counter-terrorism efforts in and around the Persian Gulf, and as a secondary theatre in the country's deepening strategic competition with China.
US President Donald Trump's new 'Afghanistan and South Asia' policy identifies Pakistan and India as key players but ignores or minimises other influential regional actors with vested interests in Afghanistan, including China, Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
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