From Equatorial Guinea to Uzbekistan, dictatorships are still alive and kicking. And with China leaning full tilt in that direction, don't expect them to go anywhere soon.
We know any meeting will be eventful, but what exactly is on the agenda, and what's the likelihood of any real progress?
The Timor Sea agreement is hardly cause for celebration when the core of the struggle remains unsolved.
The Syrian government has pivoted towards helping US-supported Kurdish forces in their fight against a Turkish invasion in Northern Syria, further muddling the region's complex web of alliances.
This is about much more than a downed jet.
16 years on and despite peace talks, the corrupt Kabul government is still on the back-foot in its war with the Taliban.
The long-anticipated Turkish invasion of Kurdistan is looking like it will soon be a reality, set to mark a new relationship with the US, which has been backing Kurdish fighters for years. And that's not the only aftershock the region will feel, writes Professor Damien Kingsbury.
With all the attention on Trump, people don't seem to have noticed the utterly bizarre political political narrative unfolding in Malaysia right now.