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Feb 18, 2013 | 11:00 GMT

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Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Feb. 18, 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. 19: French President Francois Hollande will visit Athens to meet with Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.
  • Feb. 18: EU foreign ministers are expected to discuss the arms embargo on Syria.
  • Feb. 20: Greek trade unions plan to hold a 24-hour general strike.
  • Feb. 20: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will hold a state of the union speech and announce some stimulus measures.
  • Feb. 22: Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Kosovar counterpart, Hashim Thaci, will meet for talks in Brussels.
  • Feb. 24: Italy will hold parliamentary elections.
  • Feb. 24: Estonia will celebrate Independence Day.
  • Feb. 24: A run off in the Cypriot presidential election is expected to be held.


  • Feb. 18: Presidential elections in Armenia will be held.
  • Feb. 18: NATO and U.S. experts will visit Azerbaijan for discussions on the development of the Azerbaijani military education system.
  • Feb. 19: The facilities at Samsun Port, built as part of a ferry line rail project between Turkey and Russia to boost freight and passenger transportation, are expected to begin operations.
  • Feb. 20: Various foreign ministers will meet at the first round of the Arab Russia Forum in Moscow.
  • Feb. 22: Trilateral meeting of the Coordination Council (Azerbaijan, Turkey and Georgia) will be held in Istanbul to discuss regional projects.


  • Unspecified date: The Indian Ministries of Power and Coal will discuss the issue of "price-pooling" for coal. The price-pooling scheme is meant to ensure Indian power stations a guaranteed 80 percent supply of coal. 
  • Unspecified date: Bangladesh will convene a meeting of senior officials to discuss preventative and response measures against a recent outbreak of H1N1 influenza in India. 
  • Feb. 19-20: British Prime Minister David Cameron will visit India.
  • Feb. 20-21: The United Forum of Bank Unions in India has organized a strike against banking reforms and outsourcing.
  • Feb. 21: The Indian parliament will deliberate on a constitutional amendment bill known as a Land Boundary Agreement, marking the first step toward a redraw of India's contended boundary with Bangladesh. 
  • Feb. 21: India-Pakistan bilateral talks will be held in New Delhi.
  • Feb. 21: The budget session of the Indian parliament will begin and will last until May 10.
  • Feb. 21: A planning meeting will be held in Kabul ahead of a larger conference in March for negotiations between Pakistan and Afghanistan. 
  • Feb. 21-24: Pakistani Commerce Minister Amin Fahim will visit New Delhi, India, to participate in the 5th Saarc Business Leaders Conclave.
  • Feb. 22: India's air force will conduct its first day-night exercise called Iron Fist in Rajasthan.


  • Unspecified date: Myanmar's Chin State will hold celebrations for Chin National Day, with the participation of the China National Front.
  • Feb. 18: Royal Dutch Shell PLC will start carrying out repairs at its single-buoy mooring facility in Singapore.
  • Feb. 20: Official negotiators representing the government of Myanmar will meet in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with their counterparts from the United Nationalities Federal Council, a group that jointly represents Myanmar's 11 armed ethnic militias.
  • Feb. 20-23: Two Myanmar navy warships, UMS 561 and UMS 562, will call on the Thai port of Phuket, the first such event in 65 years of bilateral diplomatic relations. 
  • Feb. 21: Cobra Gold 2013, a multilateral, annual military exercise hosted by Thailand and the United States, will end.


  • Feb. 18: Winston Lackin, the foreign secretary of Suriname, will visit Brasilia, Brazil. 
  • Feb. 18: Peace talks will resume between the Colombian government and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels. 
  • Feb. 19: Grenada will hold parliamentary elections. 
  • Feb. 19: Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman will visit Brasilia, Brazil. 
  • Feb. 19: Port worker unions in Brazil are threatening a general strike unless changes are made to Provisional Measure 565, which would increase the regulation of ports. 
  • Feb. 19-20: The first Mexico-Central American Integration System Summit will be held in Costa Rica and will be attended by regional heads of state including Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
  • Feb. 20-21: Victor Isla, the Peruvian head of the lower house, will travel to Washington to hold meetings with U.S. congressional authorities. 
  • Feb. 21:  Human rights abuse hearings will begin for former Haitian President Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier.
  • Feb. 21: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the United States.
  • Feb. 21: U.S. and South Korean military officials will meet in Washington to discuss intelligence sharing measures in the wake of North Korea's latest nuclear test.
  • Feb. 19: Barbados will hold parliamentary elections. 
  • Feb. 19: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will visit El Calafate, Argentina, to discuss the future of Petroleo Brasileiro SA's operations in the country. 
  • Feb. 22: Argentines will hold remembrance marches throughout the country on the first year anniversary of the train wreck that killed 53 people. The marches will also demonstrate in favor of the impeachment of Planning Minister De Vido. 


  • Feb. 18: Egypt will sell 500 million Egyptian pounds ($74 million) of both five- and seven-year bonds.
  • Feb. 19: Officials from Fatah and Hamas are scheduled to meet in Cairo to discuss the reconciliation process between the two sides. 
  • Feb. 20: Mass demonstrations are planned in Benghazi. 
  • Feb. 20: The Lebanese Bakeries Union has threatened to strike if the amounts of available subsidized flour are not made available.
  • Feb. 23-27: The Ministry of Tourism in Egypt will host the 5th Arab Media Tourism Forum in Cairo, which representatives from six Arab news agencies and 17 different Middle Eastern countries will attend. 


  • Feb. 18-21: The Nigeria Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition will be held in Abuja.
  • Feb. 19: The official Kenyan election campaign period kicks off for candidates cleared by the election commission.
  • Feb. 19: Kenya's teachers scheduled a strike over employment conditions.
  • Feb. 23: The Jubaland conference will be held in Kismayo, Somalia.
Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Feb. 18, 2013
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