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Geopolitical Calendar: Week of March 10, 2014

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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 to stay informed of the activities and travel of world leaders and to guide their areas of focus for the week.

EUROPE

  • March 10: Eurozone finance ministers will meet in Brussels ahead of a March 11 meeting of all EU finance ministers.
  • March 10: NATO's 2014 Cold Response military exercise will begin in Norway.
  • March 10-13: The European Parliament will hold its plenary session in Strasbourg.
  • March 10-14: The European Union and the United States will hold the fourth round of free trade agreement talks in Brussels.
  • March 14: The European Union's transport, energy and telecommunications ministers will meet in Brussels.
  • March 15: Slovakia will hold the first round of its presidential election.
  • March 16: Serbia will hold parliamentary elections.

FORMER SOVIET UNION

  • March 10: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev will visit Russia at Russian President Vladimir Putin's invitation to discuss issues relating to bilateral cooperation.
  • March 10: Russia plans to resume pork imports from the United States after banning most U.S. meat products in 2013.
  • March 11: Leaders of Armenia, Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan will meet in Moscow to discuss Armenia's accession to the Russian-led Customs Union.
  • March 12: Iran's deputy foreign minister for Asia and Pacific Affairs, Ebrahim Rahimpour, will travel to Azerbaijan to discuss strengthening bilateral ties.
  • March 13: Azerbaijani and Russian businessmen will gather in Baku for a business forum.
  • March 14: Zurab Abashidze, the Georgian prime minister's special representative for relations with Russia, will meet Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin to discuss the return of refugees and other issues.
  • March 16: Ukraine's Crimea region will hold a referendum to decide whether Crimea should secede and join Russia or remain a part of Ukraine.

ASIA-PACIFIC

  • March 10: The Bank of Japan will hold a two-day meeting to decide whether to tighten its monetary policy.
  • March 12: Thailand's Constitutional Court will rule on the constitutionality of the government's 2.2 trillion-baht (70 billion-dollar) borrowing bill, which the Senate passed in November 2013 to fund potential infrastructure and development projects.
  • March 12-13: Japan and the United States will hold talks in Washington on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • March 14: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is required to respond to negligence charges brought against her by the National Anti-Corruption Commission over the government's rice-pledging scheme.
  • March 16: Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang will begin a state visit to Japan.

SOUTH ASIA

  • March 10: U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will travel to India to attend the U.S.-India Energy Dialogue. The two sides will discuss shale gas exploration, strategic petroleum reserves and the potential for U.S. exports of liquefied natural gas to India.
  • March 10: Malaysian Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz will visit India and Sri Lanka to discuss increasing tourist numbers.
  • March 11: India's Supreme Court will hold the next hearing in Nokia India's case against Indian tax authorities, who have tried to prevent Nokia's sale of a local plant to Microsoft.
  • March 13: Some 20,000 Coal India workers will stage a three-day strike that may become an indefinite strike if the company fails to agree to their demands by March 15.
  • March 13: Indian Chief of Army Staff Gen. Bikram Singh will travel to Nepal for a two-day visit to discuss military cooperation.
  • March 13: Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen will hold a second round of talks in Colombo on fishing rights in the Palk Strait.
  • March 15: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa will open a Southern Expressway extension funded by China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corp.

MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA

  • March 10: Lawmakers from Lebanon, Iran, Iraq and Syria will meet in Tehran ahead of an Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting to be held in Geneva from March 16 to March 20.

AMERICAS

  • March 10-11: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will continue his visit to Ecuador and Chile.
  • March 10: Colombian Foreign Affairs Minister Maria Angela Holguin will travel to the Czech Republic to meet with Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek.
  • March 11: Chilean President-elect Michelle Bachelet will take office. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will attend the inauguration and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala will meet with Bachelet following the event.
  • March 12: Brazilian activist group Popular Independent Front will hold a protest in Rio de Janeiro against the upcoming World Cup.
  • March 12: An anti-government branch of the Argentine Workers' Central Union will protest in Buenos Aires' Plaza de Mayo.

AFRICA

  • Unspecified date: A team from the International Monetary Fund will travel to Zimbabwe to review the government's economic policies and examine possibilities for future funding.
  • Unspecified date: Member countries of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development will meet in Ethiopia ahead of peace talks between opposing sides in the South Sudan conflict.
  • March 11: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will appoint a new set of Cabinet ministers as part of a government reshuffle.
  • March 12: Heads of Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change will meet to discuss leadership succession.
  • March 12-14: Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy will travel to Khartoum, Sudan, for a meeting of the Ministerial Council for the Sahel and Sahara.
  • March 12-15: French naval frigate Nivose will dock in Durban, South Africa, as part of bilateral maritime cooperation between the two countries.

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