To preserve hope, freedom and the tenets of democracy in the latter half of this decade, certain affairs need balancing and/or tilting by the Autumn of 2016.
Affairs and relations with Russia based upon Vladimir Putin's agitations in eastern Ukraine, the annexation of Crimea, the intervention in Syria and the prowling off the coasts of Nordic, Baltic and Western nations, should be managed in order to sustain a Western balance of influence. While these affairs with Russia cannot be settled in the short term due to the unpredictable nature of Putin, they could be contained especially in relation to the scope of engagements and possibilities in Syria and in Ukraine.
With regards to China, no future United States(US) President should have to carry the burden of having to issue warnings concerning the respect of the sovereignty of smaller nations on the South China Sea. Vietnamese and Filipino fishermen should not be harassed while plying a living based upon Beijing's interpretation of an ancient tattered map that is out of focused with modern international conventions of the sea.
Extremism appears a long term issue that would continue to demand international cooperation and policies to remedy.
Yet, there is hope that human relations could benefit from a broader respect of the environment and of the rights of man and the determination by all peoples to live as equals in liberty and in peace under the rule of law.