A constitutional crisis initiated by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena seems to be worsening ahead of Supreme Court challenges and a January snap election.
If the Democrats go into the 2020 elections complaining about the conduct of the 2016 elections, they don't stand a chance against Trump's populist appeal.
From Europe to Asia, the global resurgence of populist politics is gathering momentum, preying on voters' need for simple answers to complex problems.
Sri Lankan MPs, journalists and NGOs have expressed deep concern for Sri Lanka under a return to rule by a former authoritarian leader.
Donald Trump and the West may raise their voices about Saudi Arabia over the presumed killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but will it lead to real action?
The prospect of a long-term peaceful outcome between North and South Korea is increasingly likely, but only if the US can play ball.
Tension around China's spread in the Pacific was clear at this year's forum, but not even that could distract from Australia's climate change and refugee controversies.
Scott Morrison's visit to Jakarta was hailed as a success, but time will tell if Indonesia will entertain a full alliance with Australia.
Politicians, here, in Europe and the US, adrift from the old value systems, now appear to stand for little but their own aggrandisement.
There's no end in sight for the War in Afghanistan, though a proposed ceasefire suggests that cracks in the government are continuing to deepen.