Around 80% of the world's maritime oil trade passes through the Indian Ocean. And the economic and political might of the region is growing.
When India goes to polls in 2019, the incumbent BJP government will have much to answer about its record on accountability.
Australia's international relationships were tested in 2018. And the coming year may prove to be even more challenging.
Indians were promised they would be included in planning 100 smart cities and that everyone would benefit. But many of the millions of slum residents have had no say in their homes being destroyed.
Climate change is a serious threat now for poor people in developing countries, but the COP24 conference in Poland offered them little hope of near-term emissions cuts or economic aid.
If India really wants to stop sex trafficking, legislators might consider asking sex workers in Kolkata how they keep the Sonagachi red light district safe and exploitation-free.
We need a more nuanced approach to the world's last isolated peoples.
In late November, the foundation stone was laid for a new visa-free corridor between two Sikh gurdwaras on either side of the India-Pakistan border.
The ideas of Mahatma Gandhi are currently enjoying a resurgence – but is this a consequence of our post-truth age or of something deeper?
Child undernourishment rates are worse in India than in Ethiopia.
Canada needs to diversify its trade beyond the United States and increase links to rapidly growing emerging market economies, particularly in Asia, despite the "anti-China" clause in the USMCA.
When it comes to tackling unacceptable forms of work, lessons can be learned from the global South.
Born Farrokh Bulsara, Mercury came from a Parsi family that practiced Zoroastrianism, a religion that influenced Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Standing 240m tall, the Statue of Unity celebrates India's development. But jarringly, it towers over a divisive and environmentally damaging dam project.
In a country where 26% of the population has access to mobile internet, India's working class women are finding other ways to fight the patriarchy.
If you have to devote hours a day to collecting water, you miss out on education, a social life and other human rights.
The global poverty plot is thicker than what the World Bank would have us believe.
Languages are said to be disappearing faster than endangered species with a different one dying every two weeks.
On the outskirts of Bangalore, families must piece together drinking water from communal supplies, intermittently available tap water, and "water ATMs".
A series of brutal rapes in India has led to pressure to stop violence against women.