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Dec 10, 2012 | 11:05 GMT

Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Dec. 10, 2012

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

EUROPE

  • Dec. 10: The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony will take place in Oslo, Norway.
  • Dec. 10: EU foreign ministers will meet in Brussels.
  • Dec. 10-12: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will travel to France to review defense sector purchases.
  • Dec. 12: Eurozone finance ministers will meet to discuss the Greek and Cypriot bailouts.
  • Dec. 13-14: The EU heads of state will meet in Brussels.

FORMER SOVIET UNION

  • Dec. 10: The opposition Armenian National Congress will hold its annual march in Yerevan's Liberty Square.
  • Dec. 11: Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nikolay Mladenov, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt will visit Baku, Azerbaijan.
  • Dec. 12: Russian President Vladimir Putin will deliver his state of the nation address to the Federal Assembly in the Kremlin.
  • Dec. 13-14: Brazilian President Dilma Rouseff will visit Moscow.
  • Dec. 15: Members of the Russian opposition Coordination Council will hold a demonstration in Moscow.

SOUTH ASIA

  • Dec. 14-16: Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik will visti India to meet with Indian Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

EAST ASIA

  • Dec. 10-22: This is the window during which North Korea has announced that it will launch a new long-range rocket test.
  • Dec. 11: New Zealand's Energy Ministry will announce the results of the 2012 block offer for oil and natural gas exploration permits.
  • Dec. 16: Japan will hold general elections to choose new members for the lower house of the National Diet.

AMERICAS

  • Dec. 10-11: International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde will travel to Colombia to meet with Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas Santamaria.
  • Dec. 11: Miners in Colombia's Choco and Antioquia regions have threatened to strike over government plans to crack down on illegal mining. 
  • Dec. 12: A Chinese delegation led by the deputy chief of the People's Liberation Army General Staff Headquarters, Qi Jianguo, will visit the United States for defense talks.
  • Dec. 13: A free trade agreement will be signed between Colombia and the European Union.
  • Dec. 13: Cuba's legislature will hold a session to review and modify the 2013 budgetary law, which carries proposals to modernize the country's economic model. 
  • Dec. 14: The second round of negotiations between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and the Colombian government will end in Havana, Cuba. 

MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA

  • Dec. 10-11: Egyptian expatriates will continue to be able to cast ballots in a national referendum on the new constitution at overseas embassies. 
  • Dec. 10: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will visit Turkey to meet with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
  • Dec. 10: The Kuwaiti Criminal Court is scheduled to issue a verdict in the case of prominent opposition leader and former lawmaker Musallam al-Barrak charged with insulting the emir.
  • Dec. 11: A Bahraini appeals court will issue a verdict on the case of political activist Nabeel Rajab, who has been sentenced to three years in prison on protest-related charges.
  • Dec. 12: An Omani appeals court will issue the verdict in the case of 11 Omani activists charged and sentenced to one year in prison for illegal gathering. 
  • Dec. 12: The Friends of Syria group will hold meeting a in Marrakesh, Morocco. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend.
  • Dec. 13: Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency will hold a new round of talks on Iran's uranium enrichment program.
  • Dec. 13: The General Union of Tunisian Workers planned a nationwide strike over a recent attack on its headquarters by radical Islamists.
  • Dec. 15: The Egyptian government will hold a national referendum on the new constitution. 
  • Dec. 15: Oman will allow expatriates to vote at embassies and consulates in Gulf Cooperation Council countries its first ever municipal council elections scheduled for Dec. 22.

AFRICA

  • Unspecified date: Mozambique's governmental and opposition parties respectively will resume negotiations on electoral distribution. 
  • Unspecified date: Tanzania's government will appoint the commander of the neutral security force proposed by the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region to guard the eastern regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. 
  • Dec. 10: University workers in Nigeria will begin a nationwide strike. 
  • Dec. 12: Officials from South Africa's telecommunications group MTN will appear before a Ugandan court to defend allegations of tax fraud. 
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