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GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL NEWS: December 2020, from Monday 7 to Friday 11

December 2020

from Monday 7 to Friday 11

MAIN TOPICS:

  • Conflicts
  • Alliances
  • Strategic Resources
  • Infrastructure Projects
  • Anti-government Protests
  • Terrorism

MIDDLE EAST:

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  • ISRAEL-EGYPT: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to visit Egypt in what will be the first official visit by an Israeli leader in a decade. Would cover strengthening security and diplomatic ties.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

  • ISRAEL-UAE: Israel and the United Arab Emirates held talks to discuss cooperation in the oil and gas sector, months after the two nations agreed to normalize ties. The countries have also started talks over an oil pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean, whose operations Israeli officials treat as top secret.

SOURCE: WORLD OIL

  • UAE-SAUDI ARABIA: The Indian Army chief has proceeded on a historic visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia, in the context of growing relationship between India and Gulf countries, especially in defense relations.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

  • IRAQ: China is stepping into the vacuum in Iraq, targeting the oil industry. Iraq is poised to sign a multibillion-dollar contract with China ZhenHua Oil Co. At the same time, China’s CNOOC and CNPC oil giant are believed to be considering acquiring Exxon’s 32.7% stake in Iraq’s supergiant West Qurna oilfield

SOURCES: SHAFAQ – OIL PRICE

  • IRAQ: Two wells in a small oilfield in northern Iraq were set ablaze by explosives in a “terrorist attack”. At the moment, no organization has claimed responsibility, but Iraqi media said that the Islamic State was behind the bombing.

SOURCE: NEW EUROPE

  • SYRIA: Syrians in the occupied Golan Heights protest against Israel’s plans to install wind turbines on their agricultural land. The company in charge obtained approval from the Israeli government and not the local population living under Israeli occupation.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

SOUTH ASIA:

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  • AFGHANISTAN: Afghanistan officials continue to conduct strikes against Taliban forces even as they continue negotiations coupled to a drawdown of the number of troops in Afghanistan.

SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST

  • IRAN-AFGHANISTAN: Iran, Afghanistan inaugurate first Rail Link in key infrastructure Project, that would help enhance trade across the region. Iran seeks to become a regional transport hub, allowing Afghanistan and other landlocked countries in the region to ship goods to its ports on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.

SOURCE: GANDHARA

  • INDIA: India and Qatar will be setting up a task force on energy, to identify specific projects in India’s energy sector for Qatari investments.

SOURCE: THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE

EURASIA:

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  • RUSSIA: Russian state-owned oil & gas producer Rosneft has discovered a large new gas field in the Arctic Kara Sea. Rosneft is playing a key role in Russia’s Arctic strategy, which aims to capitalize on warming temperatures to transport the remote region’s huge oil and gas resources.

SOURCE: NEFTEGAZ

  • INDIA-CHINA: India to expedite dam construction after China announces project in Tibet. The plan is to build a 10-gigawatt hydroelectric dam in the country’s northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, which shares a border with China.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

  • ARMENIA: Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, claiming him to step down. Mass protests against Pashinyan have been ongoing in Yerevan since the signing of a ceasefire deal between Armenia and Azerbaijan, brokered by Moscow.

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

EUROPE:

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  • NORD STREAM 2: Russia has resumed construction of the politically-charged Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to Germany, laying pipes after a one-year hiatus prompted by U.S. sanctions. The pipeline, which Washington says compromises European energy security, has become a flashpoint in relations between Russia and the West that have sunk to post-Cold War lows.

SOURCE: REUTERS

  • THREE SEAS INITIATIVE: US government has approved support for the Three Seas Fund, amounting to USD 300 mln. The Three Seas Initiative contemplate the development of infrastructure in the field of energy production, transport and digital services, in 12 EU countries located between the Adriatic, the Baltic and the Black Sea.

SOURCE: POLANDIN

  • EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN: European Union leaders are set to agree sanctions on Turkish individuals over a energy exploration dispute with Greece and Cyprus.

SOURCE: METRO US

AFRICA:

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  • MOROCCO: Morocco has become the latest Arab League country to agree to normalize relations with Israel in a deal brokered with US help. Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain issued statements welcoming the deal between Morocco and Israel. Russia condemned the agreement. Palestinian also, saying it encouraged Israel’s denial of their rights.

SOURCE: BBC – NEWS 18

  • SUDAN: Russia has signed an agreement with Sudan to build a naval base on the country’s Red Sea coast, in Moscow’s latest push into Africa as it seeks to renew its geopolitical clout. They agreed to build a modern port, along with Russia’s base in the Syrian city of Tartus, that will strengthen its military presence in the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Russia’s navy will be allowed to keep nuclear-powered vessels.

SOURCE: THE DEFENSE POST – IM RUSSIA ORG

  • SUDAN: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister visited Sudan for the first time since Sudan’s military overthrew former autocratic leader Omar Al Bashir last year. After the overthrow, Saudi Arabia and the UAE immediately support the new leaders of Sudan.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

  • SOMALIA: As the Trump administration orders the withdrawal of the remaining 700 American troops in Somalia, the U.S. military has continued to target Al Qaeda’s network in the country. The U.S. military has claimed Shabaab is “contained,” however the reality is much different. Shabaab still controls much of southern Somalia, while it regularly contests vast swaths of the central part of the country.

SOURCE: LONG WAR JOURNAL

  • SOMALIA: The withdrawal of US troops and African peacekeepers from Somalia, already decided, could spur the fall of the Mogadishu government, destabilizing the whole Horn of Africa, as Al-Shabaab movement intensified bloody attacks and Islamic State group strengthened its presence in Somalia.

SOURCE: AHRAM ORG

LATIN AMERICA:

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  • VENEZUELA: Venezuela’s Economy and Oil Minister Tarek El Aisami announced that the Bolivarian security forces thwarted a terrorist act aimed at destroying the El Palito refinery and an oil pipeline.”The attack was prepared from Colombia by FANB deserters who enjoy protection from the government of Ivan Duque”.

SOURCES: TELESUR – REUTERS

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