Miguel Diaz-Canel, set to replace Raul Castro as president of Cuba after sixty years of Castro rule, will be faced with the challenges of implementing economic reform and sidestepping regional isolation.
World powers continue to punish North Korea with economic sanctions, but problems persist with enforcement, and it’s unclear if they’ll be enough to pressure Pyongyang back into denuclearization talks.
For now, Russia is able to achieve many of its foreign policy goals despite the limitations of its economy, but that will not last forever. The United States should prepare to seize future opportunities for a more constructive relationship.
Iran has restricted its nuclear program and given international inspectors unprecedented access, but it has not seen the economy recovery expected in the aftermath of the agreement with international powers.