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.
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.
An ISIS slaughter in Tikrit in June 2014 terrorized Iraq's Army and drove a wedge between Sunnis and Shiites. But months of determined bridge-building have broken free of the powerful tribal impulse for revenge.
The Sykes-Picot agreement, reached a century ago this week, delineated national borders based more on British and French interests than local conditions. But it has proven surprisingly resilient.