Stories That Shaped the World in 2022

As December comes to a close, it’s important to take a look back at the 10 stories that changed the world in 2022.


10) U.S. scientists achieved a historic fusion energy breakthrough.

  • In December, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory produced more energy in a fusion reaction than was needed to ignite it for the first time.
  • This development was a scientific breakthrough of enormous consequence for the future of national defense and clean energy.

9) The U.S. took out some of the world’s top terrorists.

  • ISIS Leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi blew himself up during a U.S. special forces raid on his compound in Syria, making him the third consecutive leader of ISIS to die in a U.S. raid.
  • Five months later, a U.S. drone strike killed Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Ladin’s successor as head of al-Qaeda, on his balcony in Kabul.

8) Ex-Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was assassinated.

  • Abe, Japan’s longest-serving postwar prime minister, was assassinated at a campaign rally in July.
  • Shinzo Abe was a staunch ally of the United States, and his death was mourned by U.S. leaders of both parties.

7) Latin America turned left.

6) Governments across the west buckled amid the challenges of Covid-19, the War in Ukraine, and inflation.

5) The world mourned the death of the Queen.

  • Queen Elizabeth II died in September at the age of 96 after a historic 70-year reign.
  • World leaders converged on London to mourn the last head of state to serve in World War II who presided over Britain’s decline as a great power.
  • Her son King Charles III assumed the throne during a challenging time for Britain and for the Royal Family.

4) Britain’s Conservative government collapsed into chaos during the “Year of the Three Prime Ministers.”

3) Anti-regime protests shook Iran’s Islamist government.

  • Massive protests swept Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody in October.
  • The still-ongoing women-led protests have proved to be a credible threat to the Islamic Republic and hundreds have died in protests across the length and breadth of Iran.

2) Xi Jinping secured a third term amid domestic unrest and rising tensions in East Asia

1) Russia invaded Ukraine, launching Europe’s largest land war since 1945.

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© Dominic Moore, 2022