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Why 2016 is proving to be a wild year

There are also opportunities for greater stability too; the success of US in helping manage global affairs will depend upon cooperation of both competitors and allies.

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The multiple challenges confronting the US-led international order include not just the nuclear diplomacy on the Korean peninsula, and the threat from international terrorism. Other geopolitical fault lines include the continuing instability in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and Russia's annexation of Crimea.

WASHINGTON and Seoul are making final preparations for their annual joint military drills in South Korea later this month. The forthcoming events, which have been widely condemned by the North Korean regime, come at a time of escalating tension in the region following Pyongyang's decision last