2018 is ripe for a global rupture

a map of the world superimposed on an image of a bomb
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Stock markets are at record highs, and recession is nowhere in sight. Yet, the threat to all this exuberance — rising international tensions and instability — arguably looks greater than any years since last century's great wars. This is the core of my six geopolitical forecasts for 2018.

Quick take: What stands out is the brittleness of politics across the planet — in Iran, the Korean peninsula, Russia and Saudi Arabia, to name a few flash points. A wrongly lit match involving any of them could turn disastrous.