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Aug 19, 2013 | 10:03 GMT

Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Aug. 19, 2013


Editor's Note: The following is an internal Stratfor document listing significant meetings and events planned for the next week. Stratfor analysts use this to stay informed of the activities and travel of world leaders and to guide their areas of focus for the week.


  • Aug. 19: Voting will end in Poland for the leadership of the Civic Platform, the leading party in the government coalition.
  • Aug. 20: The Czech Parliament is expected to vote on its dissolution in order to trigger new elections.
  • Aug. 22: A sculpture of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin is expected to be inaugurated in Estonia to celebrate his role in Estonia's peaceful transition to independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
  • Aug. 22-24: Events will take place across Europe to remember the victims of totalitarian regimes.


  • Aug. 19: Indian Defense Secretary RK Mathur is expected to visit Russia to discuss joint development projects for the armed forces.
  • Aug. 23: Armenia's Heritage party will hold a rally in Yerevan's Liberty Square to discuss the country's current situation.
  • Aug. 23: The leader of the Batkivshchyna parliamentary faction, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and other members of the Ukrainian party will participate in a national round-table discussion termed "Understanding for the Sake of a European Future."


  • Aug. 19-25: A Chinese navy hospital ship, the Peace Ark, will dock in the Bangladeshi port city of Chittagong to provide medical service to locals and boost relations.
  • Aug. 20: Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin will travel to New Delhi to hold talks with Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh on resuming a previously stalled strategic dialogue. The talks come ahead of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's scheduled visit to Beijing in October.
  • Aug. 20: A Pakistani court has ordered former President Pervez Musharraf to appear for indictment after he failed to do so last week.
  • Aug. 21: The Jammu and Kashmir government will file a report in the Indian Supreme Court on unrest in Kishtwar.
  • Aug. 21: The Kamtapur People's Party will submit a memorandum to the Jalpaiguri district magistrate asking for the formation of a new state in Bhutan.
  • Aug. 22: The Election Commission of Pakistan has scheduled elections for 16 spots on the national assembly and 25 spots on provincial assemblies.


  • Aug. 18-27: The chairman of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry, Michael Kirby, will lead a fact-finding delegation to South Korea on the state of human rights in North Korea.
  • Aug. 19-21: U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez will visit China as part of his first visit to Asia as chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. While in China, Menendez is slated to meet with senior Chinese officials and the American Chamber of Commerce.
  • Aug. 19-23: U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will visit Tokyo on Aug. 19 for talks with Japanese officials. From Aug. 20 to Aug. 21, Froman will attend the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement talks with association ministers. He will then be in Brunei from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23 to attend the next round of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Aug. 19-23: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will make his first official visit to China. He will lead a delegation of more than 60 people, including business leaders, lawmakers and governors.
  • Aug. 19-24: Japanese Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will visit Brunei and Myanmar. In Brunei, Motegi will attend a ministerial gathering for talks on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. In Myanmar, Motegi will meet President Thein Sein and other key government officials to bolster bilateral cooperation.
  • Aug. 19-29: The U.S. envoy in charge of human rights in North Korea, Robert King, will visit China, South Korea and Japan.
  • Aug. 19-30: South Korean and U.S. forces will conduct an annual joint military exercise, "Ulchi Freedom Guardian." These drills are aimed at preparing for a full-scale invasion by North Korea and are based on computer simulations.
  • Aug. 20-23: From Aug. 20 to Aug. 22, New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully will visit Mongolia and China. McCully will personally apologize to Chinese consumers over the Fonterra milk botulism scare. McCully will then visit Sri Lanka from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23 to discuss its ban on Fonterra's milk powder.


  • Unspecified date: Israeli and Palestinian officials will meet the week of Aug. 19 in Jericho to follow up on Aug. 14 direct talks in Jerusalem.
  • Aug. 19-21: The Kurdish National Conference will reportedly hold a three-day meeting with Kurds from countries including Iran, Iraq, Turkey and Syria.
  • Aug. 19: British naval ships, including the frigate HMS Westminster, will dock at the British base in Gibraltar.
  • Aug. 20-21: Lebanese parliamentary sessions that have already been canceled three times due to boycotts from members have been tentatively scheduled.
  • Aug. 21: Turkish opposition party leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu will travel to Baghdad to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other officials.


  • Unspecified date: The Union of South American Nations will officially lift its membership ban on Paraguay.
  • Unspecified date: Workers in Uruguay's Federal Employee Union as well as high school teachers will hold 24-hour strikes.
  • Aug. 19: Negotiations are set to resume between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
  • Aug. 19: A team of experts from the World Bank will arrive in Chile to review the 2012 national census, which omitted nearly 10 percent of the population.
  • Aug. 19: Colombian farmhands, truck drivers and health workers will strike with the support of the main union, CUT.
  • Aug. 20: The Group of 21, an alliance of political and civil organizations, will be formed in Nicaragua. The group will protest the administration of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
  • Aug. 20-22: Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Paet will visit Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Aug. 21: The director of the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization will arrive in Managua to meet with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
  • Aug. 21-22: Auxiliary health staff in the FENTAS union have called for a strike in five different regions of Chile.
  • Aug. 21-23: Health care workers in Argentina's ATE and Amparos unions will hold a 72-hour strike.
  • Aug. 23: Colombian education unions will decide when a nationwide strike will take place.


  • Unspecified date: The African Union plans to dispatch an assessment team to the Central African Republic to evaluate the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation there.
  • Aug. 19: South Africa's largest workers' union for the manufacturing sector, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, plans to launch a national strike in the auto industry. 
  • Aug. 19: The African Union Peace and Security Council will hold a stakeholders meeting at its headquarters in Addis Ababa to discuss the crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.
  • Aug. 19-30: The East African Legislative Assembly is expected to hold its plenary session in Arusha, Tanzania. Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete is expected to attend the opening.
  • Aug. 21-23: African Union technical experts on border issues are scheduled to meet in Harare, Zimbabwe, to review the union's border management plan.
  • Aug. 23: Madagascar will hold the first round of its presidential election, which some hope will end the political crisis that erupted when Andry Rajoelina seized power in 2009.
Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Aug. 19, 2013
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