2022 can be seen as a turning point in global politics, marking the end of one era and the beginning of another.
What happened: The year saw large-scale geopolitical developments, with tensions between the United States and China rising after the war returned to Europe, and political turmoil spreading around the world.
These are the top 10 geopolitical events that have shaped the world.
Russian-Ukrainian War: On February 24, Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, killing thousands of civilians and military personnel on both sides so far. Ten months into the conflict, he seems to have no end in sight. Vladimir Putinprovocations have drawn various sanctions from US allies, including the European Union, resulting in a dysfunctional European economy, soaring inflation and an energy crisis.
US-China-Taiwan tensions: Relations between Washington and Beijing have strained in recent years due to tensions over Taiwan.China stepped up efforts to ‘reunify’ after U.S. House Speaker last year Nancy Pelosia controversial visit to the island nation enraged Xi JinpingChina sent more than 71 fighter jets and seven warships on Christmas Day in its largest invasion of Taiwan’s air defenses in recent months.
Death of Queen Elizabeth II: Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died in Balmoral in September at the age of 96. She was Queen when she took the throne in 1952 and witnessed a major social change. With her death, her eldest son, Charles IIIbecame Britain’s new monarch.
UK political turmoil: The looming recession and economic slump has led to three prime ministers in the UK in just two months, and a second to resign within 45 days.The turmoil began after he was over 50 years old boris johnsonA member of the government resigned in July in protest of his party scandal. Liz TrussHe stepped down within days after plans including a £45 billion ($50.4 billion) tax cut caused the pound to plummet, making him Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister. in October, Rishi Snack Inaugurated as Britain’s first Indian Prime Minister, he promised to correct recent “wrongs”.
Political turmoil in Sri Lanka: The island of 22 million people faces its worst economic turmoil in 70 years in 2022, with millions struggling to afford basic necessities, food and medicine. The country has had to close schools and fuel is limited to essential services due to shortages.
Iran Protest: In mid-September, thousands of Iranians took to the streets to protest. Mahasa Amini A 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman in police custody. Amini was detained by morality police on suspicion of wearing the hijab “inappropriately”.
Outbreaks of monkeypox: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous cases of monkeypox, a rare viral disease similar to smallpox, were reported. On 23 July, the Director-General of the World Health Organization said: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesusdeclared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern.
Assassination of Shinzo Abe: Former Prime Minister of Japan and Member of the House of Representatives Shinzo Abewas assassinated during a speech at a political event in front of Yamato-Saidaiji Station in Nara, Japan, on July 8. Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris The funeral of Japan’s longest-serving prime minister was attended by dignitaries from around the world.
Xi Jinping re-elected: China’s President Xi was re-elected as General Secretary of the Communist Party of China in October and won a third term in office. The Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) elected Xi Jinping as general secretary for his unprecedented five-year term.
US Midterm Elections: In November’s midterm elections, Democrats retained control of the Senate while Republicans won the House by a narrow margin. The Republicans’ gaining control of the House of Representatives means that a Biden-led administration could have a very difficult time formulating an agenda during his final two years of the presidency.
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