Emmanuel Macron

Rachel Marsden: Where 2017's joyride might lead in 2018

Rachel Marsden: Where 2017's joyride might lead in 2018

If 2017 world politics was a car trip, then it consisted primarily of off-roading. In 2018, we're going to find out if some of those abrupt departures from familiar, well-trodden pathways were worth the risk.

Here are five adventures that began this year, and the kind of scenery that we might be able to expect as we look out the window over the next year.

-- The Syrian-based war against the Islamic State wrapped up in 2017, with Russia and Iran emerging as the real victors due to their key role in defeating the global terrorist brand while maintaining Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's hold on power. If the Syrian Civil War, which began in 2011, was a Western plan to contain...

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