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With a piece of paper and pen, foreign leaders can change the face of the world. With one stroke of the pen, millions will burn in flames while with another stroke, millions can receive humanitarian aid. Wary of the enormous power they hold, we present to you three leaders to watch in 2018First on our list is one of the youngest heads of state in the world: Kim Jong Un. As leader of the DPRK, also known as North Korea, Kim holds one of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals in his hands has been notable for his routine threats of nuclear warfare towards the United States. While it was once believed his young age would lead to political instability, the young leader is no stranger to political assassinations. Just last year, Kim is believed to executed his half-brother Kim Jong-Nam in an attempt to consolidate power. Under his leadership, North Korea has entered into a new era in its nuclear weapons ambitions — with at least 89 confirmed missiles tests since his rule began.That’s more tests than his father, Kim Jong-Il, and grandfather, Kim-il Sung, combined. 2017 was undoubtedly a huge year for the North Korean leader, having tested over 20 missiles, including its very first ICBM, or Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, which it claims can reach the mainland United States. Kim Jong-Un has undoubtedly proven himself as an unpredictable and brutal leader in 2017, and is definitely someone you should pay attention to in 2018.Next on our list is a man who hasn’t even gained full power yet, but has surely made power moves that have had severe domestic and regional implications. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia escalated in power, becoming the next heir to the Saudi Monarchy, in only June 2017. His drastic promotion was an unexpected move by the King who ousted the former heir to the crown, Salman’s cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef. The 32-year-old Crown Prince is also the nation’s Deputy Prime Minister and defence minister. During his time as defence minister, the nation has seen an uptick in military actions. He is responsible for the largest military conflict in all of Saudi Arabian history, its brutal and often indiscriminate bombing campaign and blockade of Yemen, its poor neighbor to the south. The Prince is also seen as central figure in the series of shocking arrests of other princes and prominent figures in the country in November 2017. The Crown Prince claims the arrests were in a part of his supposed “anti-corruption” campaign in the kingdom, but some see the move as the latest example of him consolidating power. The young prince is also seen by some as a force for modernization in the historically conservative country. He is seen as the mastermind behind the kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan that hopes to diversify its economy, shifting it away from so dependent on oil-exportations. The prince’s desire for modernizing his economy seems to be at the center of his recent social reforms, like the reversal of the ban on women driving, its plan to issue tourist visas for the first time in 2018, and even allowing cinemas to reopen for the the first time since the 1970s. If the 2017 is any indication of what we should expect from Mohammad bin Salam, he is certainly a leader you should keep an eye on in 2018.And last, but certainly not least on our list is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin has always been a rather controversial figure, but over the past few years he’s escalated conflict in the region, cracked down on political opposition, and has even been accused of directing the hacking of the 2016 US presidential elections.Most notable of his actions, has been the 2014 aWith a piece of paper and pen, foreign leaders can change the face of the world. With one stroke of the pen, millions will burn in flames while with another stroke, millions can receive humanitarian aid. Wary of the enormous power they hold, we present to you three leaders to watch in 2018First on our list is one of the youngest heads of state in the world: Kim Jong Un. As leader of the DPRK, also known as North Korea, Kim holds one of the world’s largest nuclear arsenals in his hands as been notable for his routine threats of nuclear warfare towards the United States. While it was once believed his young age would lead to political instability, the young leader is no stranger to political assassinations. Just last year, Kim is believed to executed his half-brother Kim Jong-Nam in an attempt to consolidate power. Under his leadership, North Korea has entered into a new era in its nuclear weapons ambitions — with at least 89 confirmed missiles tests since his rule began.That’s more tests than his father, Kim Jong-Il, and grandfather, Kim-il Sung, combined.2017 was undoubtedly a huge year for the North Korean leader, having tested over 20 missiles, including its very first ICBM, or Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, which it claims can reach the mainland United States. Kim Jong-Un has undoubtedly proven himself as an unpredictable and brutal leader in 2017, and is definitely someone you should pay attention to in 2018.Next on our list is a man who hasn’t even gained full power yet, but has surely made power moves that have had severe domestic and regional implications. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia escalated in power, becoming the next heir to the Saudi Monarchy, in only June 2017. His drastic promotion was an unexpected move by the King who ousted the former heir to the crown, Salman’s cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef. The 32-year-old Crown Prince is also the nation’s Deputy Prime Minister and defence minister. During his time as defence minister, the nation has seen an uptick in military actions. He is responsible for the largest military conflict in all of Saudi Arabian history, its brutal and often indiscriminate bombing campaign and blockade of Yemen, its poor neighbor to the south. The Prince is also seen as central figure in the series of shocking arrests of other princes and prominent figures in the country in November 2017. The Crown Prince claims the arrests were in a part of his supposed “anti-corruption” campaign in the kingdom, but some see the move as the latest example of him consolidating power. The young prince is also seen by some as a force for modernization in the historically conservative country. He is seen as the mastermind behind the kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan that hopes to diversify its economy, shifting it away from so dependent on oil-exportations. The prince’s desire for modernizing his economy, seems to be at the center of his recent social reforms, like the reversal of the ban on women driving, its plan to issue tourist visas for the first time in 2018, and even allowing cinemas to reopen for the first time since the 1970s. If the 2017 is any indication of what we should expect from Mohammad bin Salam, he is certainly a leader you should keep an eye on in 2018.And last, but certainly not least on our list is Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin has always been a rather controversial figure, but over the past few years he’s escalated conflict in the region, cracked down on political opposition, and has even been accused of directing the hacking of the 2016 US presidential elections. Most notable of his actions, has been the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. IT fueled a war between russian-backed separatist and the Ukrainian government in the nation’s East. Tensions don’t seem to be subsiding anytime soon either. Fighting in eastern Ukraine has killed over 10,000 since it started in 2014 and has recently seen an uptick in clashes throughout the region. And while this might all sound like old news, it’s important to remember the actions by Putin as we look as his goals for 2018 — becoming president again. Although he hesitated to announce his candidacy down to the last minute, no one ever questioned Putin’s intentions of whether he wanted to stay in power for another 6 years. With the election being held on the anniversary of the annexation of Crimea, the lack of legitimate opposition candidates, and his popularity in Russia, it projected that Putin will almost certainly win the Presidency again come March — a move that will keep him in power till 2024.