The Taliban Continues on the Comeback Trail.
A report came out in late 2015 showing that the Taliban held more territory at that time than they had held in any year since 2001. They are certainly on the comeback in Afghanistan and about 30% of the territory is contested by groups, such as al-Qaeda or ISIS. In fact, out of the 98 U.S. or UN-designated terrorist organizations, 20 of them are found in AF-Pak territory. This is the highest concentration in one area in the world.
Chaos Takes over the Economy and Politics in Venezuela
Venezuela went into a 60-day state of emergency in May of 2016. This was followed by one of the deepest recessions in the history of the world. The country is also dealing with hyperinflation, which Zimbabwe has endured for about 20 years, but it’s not easy to do. With oil accounting for nearly half the government revenue in Venezuela and the per barrel price around $50, it’s causing a struggle considering the per barrel price was nearly $114 in 2014.
COP21 Agreement Ratified by the U.S. and China
On September 3rd, 2016, a landmark achievement happened when the COP21 agreement was ratified. This agreement helps to address the growing concern about global emissions of greenhouse gasses. It also shows that the two foremost powers in the world can work together to help address central challenges found across the globe.
The Yemen War Becomes More Intense.
Some call it the “forgotten war” and the war in Yemen became more intense this year. A coalition strike took out 140 mourners at a funeral hall in Sana on October 8th, which caused the Obama administration to start an immediate review to support Saudi Arabia.
The country’s civil war has killed thousands of Yemenis, while id has displayed millions. Many children are without proper nutrition and many are in need of urgent car according to UNICEF.
Hillary Clinton Loses to Donald Trump
Probably the most memorable thing to happen in the United States in 2016 will be the presidential election. While many thought Clinton had it won before it even started, it came as no surprise to some Trump supporters that Trump became the new President-elect of the United States. This election is expected to cause plenty of changes in the United States and may have a revolutionary effect on the foreign policy of the U.S.
Other events shaping 2016 include:
• The Trans-Pacific Partnership Failed
• The humanitarian condition of Nigeria deteriorated
• North Korea accelerates nuclear progress
• South Korea impeaches President Park Geun-hye
• The strategic advantage was seized by the Assad regime in the Syrian Civil War
The year 2016 will go down in history as it was certainly not boring or predictable. Many events happened that will shape the world over the next decade or even longer.