This is the atmosphere that leads us up to 25 May presidential elections in Ukraine, which will be shaped by metamorphosing relations with Russia - and by energy.
Kerry needs to come clean and put all the drafts of his framework agreement and the objections raised by Israel and the PLO into the public arena.
The visits will grow in importance as the forlorn memory of the joint effort to democratise Afghanistan recedes.
The prime minister is concentrating on growth at the G20, but without equity, growth will lag.
There is one significant attribute wanting from this analysis of required qualities and skills and that is moral courage – moral fibre.
Putin claimed that since the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq the US had lacked moral authority, while the EU would be unable to manage another financial crisis.
Redrawing Jordan’s international boundary with Israel to restore the status quo existing before the outbreak of the 1967 Six Day War provides a realistically achievable alternative to the doomed Israel-PLO negotiations.
My reply to him after reading the story was: 'Al Shabaab would probably demand the girl be killed as she now carries an infidel’s organ in her body.'
There are signs, however, that the Gandhi magic is fading. For a start Rahul does not have the love of the political rough and tumble that characterised his ancestors.
Right now, the pipeline system is nothing but a conduit for Russian gas into Europe. It could be much more.
Abe has vowed to push for a wholesale revision of the Japanese constitution to be enacted before the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
In New Delhi there are concerns about an unstable Afghanistan yet again turning into a springboard of destabilisation and terrorism, with direct impact on India's security.