Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Oct. 8, 2012

5 MINS READOct 8, 2012 | 10:00 GMT

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.


  • Oct. 8: Eurozone finance ministers will meet in Luxembourg. The board of the European Stability Mechanism is also expected to meet for the first time.
  • Oct. 8: The inauguration date of the second line for the Nord Stream natural gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany.
  • Oct. 8: A Greek labor union plans to stage protests.
  • Oct. 9: The French Parliament is expected to vote on the European fiscal treaty.
  • Oct. 9: French trade unions plan to stage protests.
  • Oct. 9: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens to discuss the eurozone crisis.
  • Oct. 9: Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic will visit Italy to meet with Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and Prime Minister Mario Monti.
  • Oct. 10: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will meet his Greek counterpart, Dimitris Avramopoulos, in Athens.
  • Oct. 10: EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule will present the European Council's report on Serbia's progress concerning EU accession in Belgrade.
  • Oct. 10: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian will meet with French President Francois Hollande in Paris.
  • Oct. 10: German President Joachim Gauck will meet with Czech President Vaclav Klaus and Prime Minister Petr Necas in the Czech Republic.
  • Oct. 13: Labor unions in Portugal are expected to stage protests.
  • Oct. 14: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg to discuss EU-Russia relations.
  • Oct. 14: Lithuania will hold parliamentary elections and a referendum on the construction of a nuclear power plant.
  • Oct. 14: A trade delegation from Saudi Arabia is expected to visit Poland.


  • Oct. 8-9: The Azerbaijani-Hungarian Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation will be held in Budapest.
  • Oct. 8-10: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will visit Russia to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  •  Oct. 8-10: Retired Swedish army officers and military strategists Maj. Gen. Karlis Neretnieks and Col. Bo Hugemark will continue their visit to Lithuania.
  • Oct. 8-17 - The Collective Security Treaty Organization will hold its first peacemaking exercise near Almaty, Kazakhstan.
  • Oct. 14: Russia will hold regional and municipal elections.
  • Oct. 14: Lithuania will hold parliamentary elections, along with a referendum on whether to move forward with plans to construct a nuclear plant.


  • Oct. 9-10: U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will travel to New Delhi and Mumbai, India, to participate in the third annual meeting of the U.S.-India Economic and Financial Partnership with Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram. He will also meet with Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Duvvuri Subbarao.
  • Oct. 10: Russian and Indian defense ministers will meet in New Delhi for the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation. 


  • Unspecified date: Myanmar and Japan will hold a workshop in preparation for a satellite launch intended to enhance the capacity of Myanmar's telecommunication and information sectors.
  • Oct. 8-10: Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force ships, Kashima, Shimayuka and Matsuyuki, led by Rear Adm. Hidetoshi Fuchinoue, will continue their visit to Cambodia.
  • Oct. 8: China's weeklong National Day holiday ends.
  • Oct. 8: Japanese automakers Nissan and Toyota are slated to resume production in Chinese plants after operations were halted as a measure against anti-Japanese protests in the country. 
  • Oct. 9-11: The annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund will be held in Tokyo. Finance ministers from the G-7 group of major developed economies will be in attendance.
  • Oct. 10: China's Finance Ministry will hold a seven-year government bond auction.


  • Unspecified date: The lower house of Mexico's congress will begin debating the new governmental accountability law. 
  • Unspecified date: The El Salvadoran government will present a new investment stimulus law to the Legislative Assembly. 
  • Unspecified date: The Brazilian Central Bank governance will meet to decide on modifications to the base interest rate. 
  • Oct. 8-10: The head of the Brazilian Space Agency will continue meetings in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan, on Brazilian-Japanese space cooperation. 
  • Oct. 8-11: A delegation from the Belarus Trade Ministry will visit Ecuador to discuss imports of seafood. 
  • Oct. 10: The U.S. Congress will hold a hearing to investigate the Sept. 11 attack in Benghazi, Libya.
  • Oct. 11: Argentine worker's syndicates, including the CGT, CTA and Agrarian Federation will hold a march in Buenos Aires.  
  • Oct. 11: Brazilian oil sector workers have threatened to begin a strike on this day.
  • Oct. 12:  The center-right Uruguayan Party will be officially launched. 


  • Oct. 8-9: The Oman Investment Forum will be held in Muscat. 
  • Oct. 9-11: The Abu Dhabi Media Summit will be held in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Oct. 10: Lebanon's Union Coordination Committee, which represents teachers and state employees, has called for a general strike to push its demands for a public sector salary increase. 
  • Oct. 10: Russian President Vladimir Putin will visit Turkey and will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
  • Oct. 11-13: Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz will hold the 3rd Turkey Energy Summit. 
  • Oct. 12:  Group of Eight finance ministers will meet in Tokyo to discuss aid for democratization movements in Egypt and Libya.
  • Oct. 13: Ankara will host a conference on Turkey and the Arab Spring. 
  • Oct. 13-15: Abu Dhabi will host a Family Business Forum.


  • Unspecified date: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan will present the 2013 budget law to the Senate.
  • Oct. 8: The Southern African Development Community will continue a summit on Zimbabwean political affairs. 
  • Oct. 9: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will travel to Uganda to attend the country's independence day celebrations. 
  • Oct. 9: This is the deadline for the Nigerian government to contest the International Court of Justice's 2002 ruling on the Bakassi Peninsula. 
  • Oct. 9-19: Malawi will host the plenary assembly of the South African Development Council Parliamentary Forum in Mangochi. 
  • Oct. 11: Kenya begins its voter registration process. 
  • Oct. 12: The Cameroonian opposition party the Social Democratic Front will hold a leadership congress. 
  • Oct. 12-14: The Democratic Republic of the Congo will host the 20th Francophonie summit in Kinshasa.
  • Oct.12-14: Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati will travel to Kinshasa to take part in the Francophonie summit.

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