May 20, 2013 | 10:01 GMT

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Geopolitical Calendar: Week of May 20, 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.


  • May 20-23: The European Parliament will hold its parliamentary session in Strasbourg.
  • May 20-28: The World Health Assembly, which is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization, will take place in Geneva.
  • May 21: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton will meet with Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and his Kosovar counterpart, Hashim Thaci, in Brussels to continue negotiations regarding the normalization of the bilateral relationship between Serbia and Kosovo.
  • May 21: Officials from Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency will hold another round of discussions in Vienna.
  • May 22: Parliamentary elections will be held in the Cayman Islands.
  • May 22: EU leaders will meet in Brussels to discuss tax and energy policy.
  • May 23-25: Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang will visit Switzerland, where he will discuss an upcoming bilateral free trade agreement with Swiss leadership. 
  • May 25-27: Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang will visit Germany.
  • May 26-27: Local elections will take place in Italy.


  • May 20: Russian National Security Council chief Nikolai Patrushev may deliver a letter from President Vladimir Putin to U.S. President Barack Obama. The letter would be a response to Obama's message to Putin in which Obama urged Putin to put aside differences and join efforts to reach an agreement on strategic issues.
  • May 22: Serbian Railways and Russian Railways are expected to sign an agreement in Belgrade on an $800 million Russian loan to help Serbia's railway modernization.
  • May 24: Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic is expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi to sign a strategic partnership agreement.
  • May 24-30: The Armenian opposition Heritage Party plans to hold rallies in Yerevan.
  • May 25: The Kazakh government is expected to make a decision on whether to exercise its right to purchase ConocoPhillips' stake in the massive Kashagan oil project in the Caspian Sea.
  • May 25: The Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey business forum will be held in Qabala, Azerbaijan, under the organization of the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation.


  • May 20: Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi will continue his visit to Nepal to discuss political and security issues.
  • May 20-21: Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang will continue his visit to India, where he will meet with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other officials. He will visit New Delhi and Mumbai.
  • May 20-22: Afghan President Hamid Karzai will travel to India to discuss defense cooperation. 
  • May 20-22: Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will travel to Washington for the India-U.S. Homeland Security Dialogue.
  • May 22-23: Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang will visit Pakistan where he will meet with President Asif Ali Zardari. It will be Li's first visit to Pakistan after assuming office, and it comes shortly after general elections in Pakistan. 
  • May 24: Pakistan is scheduled to repay $390 million to the International Monetary Fund. 
  • May 24: The CPN-Maoist Union has threatened to hold a strike if its demand for salary increases is not met.


  • May 20-22: U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Robert King will continue his visit to Seoul.
  • May 22: Mongolia will officially start its campaign season for upcoming presidential elections to be held June 26.
  • May 22-24: Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will visit Japan, where she will meet with government and industry leaders in a bid to improve economic relations between the two countries.
  • May 22-30: Chilean Mining Minister Hernan de Solminihac will visit Australia and Japan.
  • May 24-29: Uruguayan President Jose Mujica will travel to China to attract trade and investments.
  • May 27-30: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Japan, where he will meet with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They will discuss several economic issues, including a high-speed railway project, a bilateral civilian nuclear cooperation pact and infrastructure deals worth $15 billion.


  • Unspecified date: Peru's new foreign minister, Eda Rivas, will make her first international trip to Chile. 
  • Unspecified date: Chilean students have threatened further mobilizations and university stoppages if President Sebastian Pinera does not take further steps toward free education reforms. 
  • May 20: Myanmar President Thein Sein will visit the United States, the first visit by a Myanmar leader in more than 47 years. He will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House.
  • May 20: The Venezuelan government's internal security program, Plan Patria Segura, will expand to the western states of Zulia, Lara and Carabobo.
  • May 22: The Costa Rican government will make an official request to join the Pacific Alliance trade bloc during the organization's eighth summit in Cali, Colombia.
  • May 22: Costa Rica and Colombia will sign a free trade agreement. 
  • May 23: Teachers, workers and other professionals in Venezuela's university sector have threatened indefinite strikes on this day if they do not get a response from the government on salary and benefit increases. 


  • May 20-30: The International Mine Countermeasures Exercise will continue in Bahrain.
  • May 19-20: Representatives of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss Israel's energy policies.
  • May 20: A tender for a third airport in Istanbul will be signed.
  • May 21: Palestinian National Committee chairman Salim Zanoun will hold a meeting in Amman to discuss choosing members of the next committee.
  • May 21-22: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Israel and is scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
  • May 22: A regular weekly flight between Armenia and Syria will resume.
  • May 22: The Friends of Syria will reportedly meet in Jordan to discuss a potential U.S.-Russia sponsored peace conference for Syria. 
  • May 23: Iran's Guardian Council will complete the vetting of potential presidential candidates and will announce the final list.
  • May 23: Syrian opposition groups are scheduled to meet in Istanbul to discuss the possibility of participating in the potential Syrian peace conference.
  • May 23-25: The 10th Eurasia Business and Economics Society Conference will take place in Istanbul.
  • May 24: Iran will present a newly designed and produced strategic unmanned aerial vehicle.
  • May 24-27: Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid will travel to Saudi Arabia to discuss regional issues and Saudi labor policies.


  • May 20: Following his visit to Ghana and Botswana, the Governor General of Canada David Johnston will make an official visit to South Africa to boost ties.
  • May 20-27: The Summit of the African Union will continue in Addis Ababa with the theme "Pan Africanism and African Renaissance." 
  • May 21-22: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will attend the African Union Summit as he seeks to strengthen American engagement on the continent.
  • May 22-23: Ban Ki Moon will visit the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is scheduled to meet Democratic Republic of the Congo President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa before visiting the eastern region of Goma.
  • May 22: A delegation of high-level managers from 30 French companies in the infrastructural, banking, technology, telecommunications, oil and construction industries and public works will visit Ghana to explore business opportunities.
  • May 22: The Guinean opposition will stage protests against alleged attempts by President Alpha Conde to rig the long-delayed parliamentary election.

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