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.
Daraa, the birthplace of the Syrian uprising, has been surrendered to government forces. The bloodshed is far from over, but this is a notable sign the tide is slowly turning.
The landslide election of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is less an endorsement of policies as a repudiation of decades of violence and corruption.
With Turkey increasingly slipping into autocratic rule, what remains of its relationships with alliance partners and what can we expect going forward?
The flag-waving of the Trump-Kim summit may suggest the fateful proposition of peace in our time, but the list of unknowns is too great to bank on any one outcome.
The hard work of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un is already complete; now we just wait to see if the two play nicely.
The meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un is going to be the most important will-they-won't-they in recent memory.