A brutal invasion of Ukraine. Australian voters ousting a nine-year-old Coalition government. A step towards instituting a First Nations Voice to Parliament. Entrenched structures of authority have been challenged at home and around the world this year. 2022: Reckoning With Power and Privilege is a collection of The Conversation's most insightful essays from leading thinkers, explaining the potent forces that continue to shape our world - the winding back of abortion rights in the US, relations redefined in the Pacific, the UK Prime Minister forced to resign - and how those with the privilege of power don't always prevail. Here is the inside guide to 2022's momentous events (not forgetting Shane Warne's sudden death, the wrapping up of Neighbours, and the rise of TikTok) written by the experts you can trust. Contributors include: Bronwyn Carlson Jacob Deem Prudence Flowers Michelle Grattan Matthew Horney Peter Martin Denis Muller Kate Power Chris Wallace Hugh White Zora Simic Tim Soutphommasane Paul Strangio Ariadne Vromen