He doesn't bluster and he doesn't strut and President Barack Obama certainly isn't panicking, though he admits it feels like the world is falling apart.
Amid fears Islamic State fighters are inspiring jihadists outside the Middle East, analysts warn it has emboldened extremists in Africa operating in voids left by weak governments and rampant corruption.
Sweden's prime minister has warned of public spending curbs to meet the cost of a rising wave of refugees, sparking a furor about making immigration an issue in next month's general election.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is again touched by scandal with Chief Christine Lagarde's being charged in a French graft case, three years after predecessor Dominique Strauss-Kahn resigned in disgrace.
Israel and Palestinians both boasted of victory in the Gaza war but analysts say Hamas received only promises while the conflict aggravated divisions in the Israeli leadership.
U.S. spy agencies face a difficult task in tracking Islamic State (IS) jihadists in Syria, as Washington lacks a robust network of informants and faces threats to its drone fleet, experts and former officials say.
Premier Narendra Modi has put a pledge to give bank accounts to all Indians on a war footing, but experts say taking banking to rural areas where many people have no identity papers will be a huge challenge.
Turkey's new premier and outgoing foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu leaves his successor a troubled legacy after a bold policy to expand Turkish influence across the ex-Ottoman empire left the country painfully exposed to the Syria and Iraq crises.
Mozambique rebel movement Renamo's agreement to a cease-fire is seen as aimed at keeping its political aspirations alive ahead of national and presidential elections on Oct. 15.
Signs the United States may strike Islamic State (IS) militants in their Syrian stronghold reveal a shift in the politics of foreign war in Washington, after the trauma of the post-Iraq era.