In almost every country in the world, average ages are rising fast, putting pressure on city councils, health-care systems, and national economies. And the solution may be the empowerment of older people themselves.
Seen as China's most powerful leader in decades, President Xi could secure his hold for years to come at the next Party Congress. In the South China Sea, a potential flashpoint, Beijing has already signaled its dominance.
There is confusion over which rebel groups will be covered by the ceasefire, but after two previous ceasefires collapsed this year, many believe this agreement will last.
Only 25,000 asylum seekers were deported from the country, less than half of the amount that left of their own volition.
The conflict with ISIS and even older war in Syria will continue to radiate ferment across a region that will also witness an as-yet unknown Trump effect.
With right-wing parties set to do well in elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany this year, many are concerned about a Europe-wide populist swing. But the EU remains popular.