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Who holds the power?

2012 brings a global struggle for control in which the apparently weak and poor will command attention and cash

By John Chipman   January 2012

Naypyidaw, Burma: a military parade on Armed Forces Day, 27th March. “If change doesn’t come from above, it will come from below”

The year 2011 delivered a series of strategic surprises. From the onset of the Arab Spring, which toppled familiar dictators, to the eviction of European leaders who were victims of financial crisis, sudden change was the order of the day. In 2012 we can expect more managed transitions, but also fast-paced shifts in global influence. Many of the world’s most powerful nations—the United States, China, Russia, France, to name a few—face a potential change of leadership. Global financial…

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