Arctic ● With rising temperatures melting sea ice in the Arctic, opening up new sea routes and making resource extraction easier, expect more jostling for influence there between Canada, Russia, the U.S. and other nations. Afghanistan ● The departure of NATO forces in 2014 resulted in a resurgence by the Taliban. The U.S. and other coalition partners bolstered their presence here during 2017, with up to 14,000 troops and an increase in airstrikes. Armenia and Azerbaijan ● Tensions ...

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