Imagine this. Within the span of a generation, former enemy states transform into top trading partners, bound together by a loose political organisation that evolves into a close alliance across open seas and vast expanses of land as decades pass. Forebears, once sworn enemies in a bloody war, give way to their descendants who now interact, trade, and work with each other with a view to foster peace and prosperity.
As the new year begins, it is high time to look back at the past year's achievements and, at the same time, to look ahead towards the next. If the Covid-19 pandemic which began in late 2019 and early 2020 took the world by surprise, and 2021 proved to be another year of daunting challenges, 2022 could see countries around the world continue to struggle, trying to open despite the emergence of new variants of the coronavirus, like the current Omicron.