Who and what may shape our world in 2017

2016 has ended and the world has their eyes on the prize: 2017.

At this point the bright and shiny new year is looking a tad bleak,when you rack up what the world will face in the near future.

While our future is always uncertain,

at this time we are teetering on the cusp of greatness and what could be the beginning of our downfall. Regardless of your viewpoint, staying informed and educating yourself is key. Thankfully, Reuters has made it easy and compiled a list of the issues, people, and events that may shape the upcoming year.

From a divided America to migrants risking their lives for a new start, these are the topics everyone should be watching this year: