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Which countries will be on the rise and which will be on the ropes over the next 12 months? Bronwen Maddox looks at the year ahead

By Bronwen Maddox   January 2011

This will be a year of transition. The United States is struggling to show that its model of capitalism can still generate wealth, and that the world’s most powerful military machine can still win wars. The question is, will it recover, or will it surrender significant influence to China and the new champions of the emerging world?

The outcome will also lay the ground for the following year, the “triple witching hour” of 2012, when the leadership of three of the world’s most important countries may change. President Barack Obama will battle for re-election, Xi Jinping is likely to assume…

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