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Feb 25, 2013 | 11:00 GMT

Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Feb. 25, 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 document to stay informed of the activities and travel of world leaders and to guide their areas of focus for the week.


  • Feb. 25: The EU-Ukraine summit will be held in Brussels. 
  • Feb. 25-26: The World Trade Organization General Council will meet in Geneva.
  • Feb. 26-March 1: Italian President Giorgio Napolitano will make an official visit to Germany.
  • Feb. 26: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Berlin.
  • Feb. 26: Bulgaria will host the sixth meeting of the Friends of Syria group in Sofia. 
  • Feb. 27: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to meet French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Paris. They will discuss bilateral and transatlantic relations as well as the intervention in Mali. 
  • Feb. 28: Leaders from the five Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland), the three Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) as well as the United Kingdom will meet in Riga to discuss the prospects of the "green economy" and the IT sector. 
  • Feb. 28: The European Competition Forum will take place in Brussels. EU officials, politicians and experts will discuss the European Union's competition policy. 
  • Feb. 28: A two-day meeting and negotiations on the Transdniestrian settlement will be held in Dublin.
  • March 1: Bosnia-Herzegovina will celebrate Independence Day. 
  • March 1: In Cyprus, the new government will be sworn in. 


  • Feb. 25: Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem will visit Moscow.
  • Feb. 26: Iran and the P-5+1 are expected to hold new nuclear talks in Kazakhstan. 
  • March 1: Zurab Abashidze, Georgia's special representative for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze will meet with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin to discuss bilateral ties.


  • Feb. 25: India is planning to launch a rocket that will carry seven satellites into space.
  • Feb. 25-26: The All Pakistan Chambers' Presidents Conference will be held in Bhurban, Murree. 
  • Feb. 26: The new deadline for global wheat export tenders by India's state-run trading companies MMTC and STC.
  • Feb. 27-March 2: Representatives of approximately 20 Korean companies will travel to Pakistan to explore investment opportunities in the country.


  • Unspecified date: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will likely announce its nominee for governor of the Bank of Japan. 
  • Feb. 25-26: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will visit Hong Kong to meet with the Special Administrative Region's Chief Executive CY Leung. She will discuss trade and economic issues with government officials and representatives of industry. 
  • Feb. 25-27: Former Thai Vice President Lien Chan will meet China's Communist Party chief Xi Jinping in Beijing. This represents the highest-level meeting since Xi assumed power in China, and it will include talks between government officials and industry representatives. 
  • Feb. 25-28: The 6th Peru-China Joint Commission on Trade and Economy will be held in Beijing, China.
  • Feb. 26-28: A meeting of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership will be held in Bali, Indonesia, to discuss tariff reduction.
  • Feb. 26-March 1: An interfaith conference will be held in Indonesia. The conference is sponsored by the International Conference of Islamic Scholars, the Indonesian Bishops Council, the Indonesian Communion of Churches, the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference and the Christian Conference of Asia. 
  • March 3: The Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference will begin. This represents the last stage in China's ongoing once-in-a-decade power transition. 
  • March 5: China's National People's Congress will begin. 


  • Unspecified date: Guatemalan Foreign Minister Fernando Carrera will meet with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. 
  • Unspecified date: The Venezuelan National Assembly will recommence drawing up a disarmament and munitions control law. 
  • Feb. 25: Coffee growers in Colombia will block roads throughout the country in protest of the lower prices of coffee beans. 
  • Feb. 25: ATE, the union of state workers in Argentina's Buenos Aires province will hold a strike to protest for greater wage increases. 
  • Feb. 26: Brazilian port workers in Santos will carry out a second six-hour strike and will call for workers in other ports around the country to join them. 
  • Feb. 27: The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals will have a hearing for oral argumentation in the ongoing case of Argentina's debt default. 
  • Feb. 27-March 1: Trade delegates from Cuba and Panama will meet to work further on drafting a partial trade agreement. 
  • Feb. 28: Brazilian mining company Vale do Rio Doce has until today to come up with an investment plan for the Rio Colorado Project in Argentina or else risk losing the concession. 
  • March 2: The Peruvian population of the township of Canaris will hold protests and meet with government representatives in their ongoing resistance against a Canadian mining project.


  • Feb. 25-March 6: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will continue his first trip abroad, traveling to Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
  • Feb. 25: Royal Jordanian Airlines will begin regular direct flights to Algiers, Algeria.
  • Feb. 25: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey.
  • Feb. 25: Oman's Capital Market Authority will host a conference on helping family companies succeed in the international market.
  • Feb. 28: A hearing will continue in Amman for 11 suspects accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Embassy in Jordan. 
  • March 1: Seven companies from Spain's Malaga region will travel to Iran to discuss the expansion of trade ties. 


  • Feb. 25: The second round of Kenyan presidential debates will be held.
  • Feb. 27: Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States are scheduled to meet in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to discuss the situation in Mali and Guinea Bissau.
  • Feb. 27: South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will present the national budget to parliament.
  • Feb. 28: The mandate of the U.N. mission in Guinea-Bissau expires.
Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Feb. 25, 2013
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