Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Sept. 23, 2013

6 MINS READSep 23, 2013 | 10:18 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 to stay informed of the activities and travel of world leaders and to guide their areas of focus for the week.


  • Sept. 23: The Nordic Council will meet on the Faroe Islands to discuss defense and energy policy in the Arctic, among other things.
  • Sept. 23: The EU General Affairs Council, composed of EU foreign affairs ministers, meets in Brussels.
  • Sept. 25: EU Commission officials will travel to Gibraltar to examine the conflict between the United Kingdom and Spain over the British territory.
  • Sept. 25: The French government will present the budget for 2014.
  • Sept. 26-27: The EU ministers dealing with industry, research and the internal market will meet in Brussels.
  • Sept. 26-29: The international trade fair on renewable energy and energy efficiency, RENEXPO, takes place in Augsburg, Germany.
  • Sept. 29: Austria will hold parliamentary elections.


  • Sept. 23: Russia and NATO will hold the Vigilant Skies joint military exercises meant to cover three NATO-Russia Council regions: the geographic spaces between Norway and Russia, Poland and Russia, and Turkey and Russia. The exercises will be coordinated from Moscow and Warsaw.
  • Sept. 23: Russian President Vladimir Putin will receive the leaders of the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization in Sochi to discuss further strengthening allied cooperation, and improving the CSTO collective security system.
  • Sept. 23: Delegation of members of the Iranian parliament's commission on national security and foreign policy will arrive in Baku, Azerbaijan's capital. The delegation aims to improve inter-parliamentary relations. 
  • Sept. 23: Azerbaijani and German specialists will exchange experiences in military port construction as part of a program of military cooperation between the two countries. The program will be held in Kiel, Germany.
  • Sept. 24: Russia will hand over operational control of the Bushehr nuclear power plant to Iran.
  • Sept. 26: The Zapad 2013 military exercises will end.


  • Sept. 22-Oct. 5: A delegation of 31 suppliers led by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council will visit Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam to explore investment and business cooperation opportunities.
  • Sept. 23: The Cambodian National Assembly will hold its opening session. The opposition led by Sam Rainsy has promised to boycott the legislature unless alleged election irregularities are addressed.
  • Sept. 24-29: Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will pay an official visit to France.
  • Sept. 25-26: South Korea and the United States will hold the fourth round of talks to renew the Special Measure Agreement, which stipulates the cost-sharing of keeping American troops in South Korea.
  • Sept. 26-29: Several Asian leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, will visit New York to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting.
  • Sept. 27: NASA chief Charles Bolden will visit Beijing to attend the last day of the International Astronautical Congress, an annual gathering of space agency chiefs.
  • Unspecified date: A delegation of 33 businesspeople from the construction, real estate, retail, jewelry and import sectors from Macau will visit Portugal to explore investment opportunities, to promote and boost cooperation between business and commercial associations and to gather more information about the "golden visa."
  • Unspecified date: The Shanghai Free Trade Zone will officially open.


  • Sept. 17-Oct. 2: Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will meet with representatives from China, Egypt, Libya, Germany and the United Arab Emirates on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly meeting.
  • Sept 23: A judicial commission from Pakistan will visit India in investigations connected to the Mumbai terrorist attacks.
  • Sept. 23-26: The navies of India and Oman will hold joint exercises. Indian ships will began arriving at the Muscat port on Sept. 19.
  • Sept 25: The All India Bank Employees Association and the Bank Employees Federation of India are calling for a bank strike to voice displeasure with the Indian government's proposal to merge public sector banks.
  • Sept. 27: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will address the U.N. General Assembly.
  • Sept. 27: Indian President Manmohan Singh will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss regional security and bilateral trade.
  • Sept 28: Indian President Manmohan Singh will address the U.N. General Assembly.


  • Sept. 22-23: Speaker of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Cemil Cicek will visit to Iran and meet with high-level officials to discuss regional issues.
  • Sept. 23: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama ahead of the U.N. General Assembly to discuss the current negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.
  • Sept. 24: Turkish President Abdullah Gul will address the U.N. General Assembly.
  • Sept. 24: U.N. weapons inspectors will publish their findings on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime on Aug. 21.
  • Sept. 24: Representatives of the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France and China will hold talks in New York about a Western-drafted resolution dealing with Syrian chemical weapons.
  • Sept. 25: The International Group to Support Lebanon will meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly to discuss ways to aid Lebanon in dealing with the influx of Syrian refugees.
  • Sept. 27: U.S. envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar is due to address the U.N. Security Council on the status of Yemen's political transition. 
  • Sept. 27: The United Nation's International Atomic Energy Agency will hold its 11th round of talks with Iran over its disputed nuclear program.
  • Sept. 30: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama are scheduled to discuss Iran, Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and regional issues.


  • Sept. 21-22: Chilean President Sebastian Pinera will meet with his Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, in New York ahead of the U.N. General Assembly meeting to discuss bilateral issues. 
  • Sept. 21-24: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will travel to China in a state visit to strengthen economic ties after the death of former President Hugo Chavez. 
  • Sept. 23: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will travel to New York in order to open the next U.N. General Assembly with a discussion on the revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency's espionage activities. 
  • Unspecified date: Peruvian President Ollanta Humala will urge the congress to speed up reforms that would decrease bureaucracy in the mining sector. 
  • Unspecified date: The Venezuelan government will begin a subsidy payment to milk producers. 
  • Unspecified date: Uruguayan President Jose Mujica will hold a sideline meeting with his Argentine counterpart, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, during the U.N. General Assembly meeting in order to discuss increasing the production at the UPM pulp and paper plant. 


  • Sept. 23-24: Oil and natural gas specialists from African governments are due in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, to identify and assess options for setting environmental standards for offshore exploration and exploitation in the African Atlantic seaboard.
  • Sept. 23-27: Zimbabwe will host the first International Conference on Tax in Africa of the African Tax Administration Forum in Victoria Falls. 
  • Sept. 24: Guinea will hold parliamentary elections to establish a legislative assembly and complete a transition to civilian rule that has been delayed for nearly five years.
  • Sept. 24: Hundreds of delegates will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the current state of the African Growth & Opportunity Act.
  • Sept. 26: The International Criminal Court is expected to rule on former Liberian President Charles Taylor's appeal of his war crime charges. Taylor was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

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