- Jan. 1: Malta will assume the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union.
- Jan. 1: New U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will begin his tenure.
- Jan. 4: Turkish Cypriot President Mustafa Akinci and Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades will meet before reunification negotiations begin Jan. 9 in Geneva.
- Jan. 1: A simplified visa regime between Japan and Russia will come into effect.
- Jan. 7: Orthodox and Coptic Christians will celebrate the Christmas holiday.
- Jan. 3: South Korea’s Constitutional Court will begin preparatory hearings on President Park Geun Hye’s impeachment.
- Jan. 6: Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev will visit China to discuss the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway routes and sources of financing.
- Jan. 6-8: China’s Politburo meeting will take place as well as the plenary session of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.
- Jan. 2-8: The Indian National Congress party will hold several press conferences and demonstrations against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetization policy.
- Jan. 3-14: Buddhism’s 34th Kalachakra Initiation will be held in Bodh Gaya, India.
- Jan. 6: Nepal’s largest opposition party, the Communist Party of Nepal, will hold mass demonstrations against a constitutional amendment proposal on federal boundaries, citizenship, parliamentary representation and the country’s official language.
- Jan. 6-12: Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa will visit India.
- Jan. 7: Pakistan’s 21st Constitutional Amendment, which provides legal cover for military courts to try civilian terrorism suspects, will expire.
MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA
- Jan. 2: Egypt’s parliament is set to vote on the handover of two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia, though this vote may be delayed.
- Jan. 3-7: Turkey’s parliament will hold discussions on constitutional amendments to institute an executive presidency.
- Jan. 4: Algeria is scheduled to host Libya peace talks.
- Jan. 1: A new Colombian tax bill will take effect, intended to simplify the tax code and recoup lost oil revenue.
- Jan. 1: Mexico will begin a one-year process of gasoline price liberalization.
- Jan. 2: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s allowance of limited border crossings into Colombia and Brazil will expire.
- Jan. 2: Maduro’s extension of the use of 100-denominated bolivar bills will end.
- Jan. 7-15: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen will visit Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras before traveling to Houston and San Francisco.
- Jan. 4: Kenya’s Senate will resume debate on controversial election law amendments.
- Jan. 7: Ghana’s president-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo, will be sworn into office.
- Jan. 8: Niger will hold regional elections.