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US President Barack Obama (C) speaks with king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia (R) in Riyadh, April 20, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
US President Barack Obama (C) speaks with king Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia (R) in Riyadh, April 20, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
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Just as we enter 2017, we look back at 2016. We are reminded of the double standards, contradictions, and absurdities we saw last year. 

We looked at when Obama went to meet King Salman and the uncomfortable strain on Obama's relationship with his dictator ally. We disused a historic shock to the Western world in 2016, when Britain voted to break away from the European Union.

Of course, we can't forget that 2016 was the year that the Chilcot Inquiry was finally completed. At 2.6 million words, surely that was enough to convict Tony Blair.

Summer 2016 bought us yet another terrorist attack in the West. This time in Nice.

And of course the election of Donald J. Trump, the biggest political upset ever recorded in the Western world. It was a year that many will want to forget but will also be a year simply unforgettable for many.

2016 was a year of beheadings, terror, and conflict; and so much of these, again and again, seems to take us back to Saudi Arabia and the West's aggressive foreign policies.

But just what can we expect from 2017? How will Donald Trump's presidency influence geopolitics? How will Europe respond to its increasing economic and political uncertainties, not to mention its battles with terrorism?