The riots are symptomatic of increased immigration and rising youth unemployment.
The new president will face a divided domestic political arena, economic pressures and a hostile regional sectarian landscape.
Russia wants to boost security to stem the flow of militants and drugs into Central Asia.
A mining sector reform could raise revenue for the state and help poor regions, but timing is key.
An alleged disruption of oil flows between the two countries shows that their quarrels are far from over.
Tbilisi finds itself balancing its growing relationship with Russia and its extant relationship with NATO.
The intervention degraded the militants' abilities but did not eliminate the broader jihadist threat in the region.
Increased militant activity on the peninsula threatens Cairo's credibility, Hamas' rule in Gaza and Israel's southern border.
The November auction of Brazil's massive pre-salt oil deposits will test whether regulatory changes have discouraged international investors.
"You have American gangsters working with Mexican gangsters hand in glove there," said Scott Stewart, a lead analyst at US-based intelligence consultancy Stratfor.
"The new editor, who uses the nom de guerre Yahya Ibrahim, has worked with Khan since the first edition of the magazine," explains Scott Stewart, a former special agent with the US State Department and the vice president at Stratfor.
On today's "Reganomix," Stratfor Intelligence's Kamran Bokhari and Brookings Institute's Michael O'Hanlon discuss the Syrian conflict with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart."