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GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL NEWS: January 2021, from Monday 4 to Sunday 10

January 2021

From Monday 4 to Sunday 10

 

MAIN TOPICS:

  • CONFLICTS
  • ALLIANCES
  • STRATEGIC RESOURCES
  • INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
  • ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS
  • TERRORISM

 

ASIA PACIFIC:

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HONG KONG: The Chinese mission to the European Union (EU) stressed that Hong Kong police’s recent arrests of activists suspected of subversion are China’s internal affairs, which the EU side has no right to interfere in. The EU urged authorities to respect Hong Kong’s rule of law and democratic principles and called for the immediate release of those arrested.

SOURCE: CGTN

 

CHINA-TAIWAN: China firmly opposed to the U.S. decision to hold a so-called “political-military dialogue” with Taiwan authorities. The U.S. State Department announced it planned to hold a conference with Taiwan authorities to discuss regional developments, Taiwan-U.S. military cooperation, and arms sales.

SOURCE: CGTN

 

CHINA: Foreign reporting has China’s BRI being buffeted by geopolitical backlash, excessive debt that needs to be restructured, weak projects, environmental challenges, and various scandals. On the contrary, China´s government assured that “no matter how the global situation changes,” China’s determination to promote BRI international cooperation has not changed. They added that the next stage will feature the Digital Silk Road as a priority.

SOURCE: CGTN


EURASIA:

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USA-RUSSIA: US Navy is eyeing a tougher posture in the Arctic to push back against Moscow, and top Pentagon officials said that the U.S. could launch “freedom of navigation” operations near Russia’s Arctic coastline. Such operations would resemble Navy exercises in the South China Sea, an area in which American ships regularly contest growing Chinese territorial claims.

SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST

 

IRAN-TURKEY-RUSSIA: Iran, Turkey, and Russia are cooperating with one another against the influence and presence of the US in the region, Jerusalem Post wrote. “Libya and Syria as examples where the United States’ reduced involvement has been replaced with those of Turkey and Russia.

SOURCE: MEHR NEWS


SOUTH ASIA:

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IRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard announced the opening of a new missile base along the Arabian Gulf.  The reported opening came a day after Gen Salami “warned the enemies of Iran against making the slightest mistake” in the Arabian Gulf region.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

 

AFGHANISTAN: Separate attacks in Afghanistan left at least 23 civilians and security forces dead, even as Afghan negotiators were in Qatar to resume talks with the Taliban aimed at finding an end to decades of conflict. No one immediately claimed responsibility for either attack.

SOURCE: GULF TODAY

 

AFGHANISTAN: The United States has directly accused the Taliban of being behind a recent wave of high-profile assassinations in Afghanistan, urging the insurgent group to stop the violence “for peace to succeed.” Charges came hours after the Taliban accused U.S. forces of launching airstrikes against insurgent-held areas in violation of their 2020 bilateral agreement aimed at ending the long-running Afghan war.

SOURCE: VOA NEWS


MIDDLE EAST:

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SUDAN-ISRAEL: Sudan signed with United States the “Abraham Accords” deal to normalise relations with Israel. The signing came after United States President Donald Trump announced it in October. Sudan signed the deal despite the move being rejected by its political parties when it was first announced in October last year.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

 

QATAR-NEIGHBORS: Leaders of Iraq, Lebanon, and Libya hail reconciliation between Qatar and its neighbors, after years of feud. Meanwhile, the leaders of the GCC countries as well as Egypt they signed a document that affirmed unity and joint cooperation between their nations.

SOURCE: YENISAFAK

 

IRAN: South Korea sends warship to Gulf after Iran seizes oil tanker. On Monday, Iran had seized a South Korean-registered tanker, in Gulf waters, as tensions mounted between the two countries over Iranian funds frozen in South Korean banks due to US sanctions.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST EYE

 

SAUDI ARABIA-QATAR: Saudi Arabia opened its borders with Qatar for the first time in three years, a leap toward easing a dispute that split the energy-producing region and complicated US efforts to isolate Iran. The steps were pushed through as President Donald Trump prepares to leave office and his successor, Joe Biden, vows to renew diplomacy with Tehran.

SOURCE: HINDUSTAN TIMES

 

EU-IRAN: The European Commission said it regretted that Iran has resumed 20% uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear facility, breaching a 2015 nuclear pact. The move is the latest Iranian contravention of the accord, which it started violating in 2019 in response to Washington’s withdrawal from the agreement in 2018 and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions that had been lifted under the deal.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

ISRAEL-GREECE: Israel and Greece sign biggest defense agreement, reflecting the excellent and developing relations between Israel and Greece, and a long term partnership that will serve the interests of both countries, according to Israel government.

SOURCE: DEFENCE BLOG

 

YEMEN: Several explosions rocked Yemen’s Aden airport as new power-sharing government officials arrived from Saudi Arabia. The bombs killed roughly 22 people and injured dozens more. Saudi Arabia jumped to place blame on the Iran-backed Houthi rebels, however, the group has not claimed responsibility as of late.

SOURCE: ODA LOOP

 


EUROPE:

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POLAND: Poland sees threat as Russia reinforces its Baltic Fleet stationed in Kaliningrad. Russia claims that it has strengthened its forces in the region with new ships, tanks and missiles due to increased NATO presence in the Baltic States

SOURCE: REMIX NEWS

 

TRANS ADRIATIC GAS PIPELINE: Azerbaijani gas has reached Italy through the Trans Adriatic Gas Pipeline (TAP). TAP transports natural gas from the Shah Deniz field in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea to Europe. The project played a significant role in Europe’s energy security and diversification.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

TURKSTREAM PIPELINE: Russian energy giant Gazprom has begun delivering natural gas to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina through the TurkStream pipeline and a new route crossing Turkey and Bulgaria. With the addition of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, a total of six European countries are now receiving Russian gas supplies via the TurkStream pipeline.

SOURCE: OFF SHORE ENERGY

 

NORD STREAM 2: The German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern plans to set up a foundation to help the completion of the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline to bring Russian gas to Germany and to fend off the threat of increased U.S. sanctions that halted work last year. It will be far harder for the United States to target a state-backed foundation with measures such as freezing funds.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 


AFRICA:

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EGYPT: ExxonMobil Egypt in partnership with Tharwa Petroleum Company signed a new agreement with the state-run Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (EGAS). The agreement enhances the research and exploration activities of Exxon in Egypt and the Eastern Mediterranean region.

SOURCE: AMWAL AL GHAD

 

MOZAMBIQUE: French oil and gas multinational Total has evacuated employees from a major gas site in northern Mozambique after a string of jihadist attacks nearby. In recent weeks there have been intensifying attacks near the gas site on the Afungi peninsula, home to the 16.5 billion-euro ($20 billion) project.

SOURCE: ALL AFRICA

 

CONGO: China cancels Democratic Republic of Congo loans as it joins belt and road. Beijing writes off US$28 million in matured loans and pledges US$17 million of support in a country where Chinese firms already dominate mining sector.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST


SOUTH AMERICA:

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VENEZUELA: Russia announced that country will cooperate closely with the new National Assembly of Venezuela. The statement came a day after the inauguration of the new lawmakers who were elected on December 6, 2020, when the forces of the Left, led by the Simon Bolivar Great Patriotic Pole, achieved 91 percent of the parliamentary seats. The European Union, the U.S., and Canada have so far refused to recognize the election results.

SOURCE: TELESUR

 

VENEZUELA: The European Union will continue working with Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido, the European Commission’s chief foreign affairs spokesman said. The EU expressed regret that the new Venezuelan national assembly assumed its mandate on the basis of non-democratic elections.

SOURCE: YENISAFAK

 


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GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL NEWS: December 2020, from Monday 21 to Friday 25

December 2020

from Monday 21 to Friday 25

 

MAIN TOPICS:

  • CONFLICTS
  • ALLIANCES
  • STRATEGIC RESOURCES
  • INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS
  • ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS
  • TERRORISM

MIDDLE EAST:

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  • SYRIA: The United States slapped fresh sanctions on Syria in a continued effort to cut off funds for President Bashar al-Assad’s government. It marked another round in a US campaign to push Assad’s government back into UN-led negotiations to end the country’s nearly decade-long war.

SOURCE: ALGEMEINER

 

  • ISRAEL: A US-Israeli delegation signed agreements with Morocco, cementing a Washington-sponsored normalisation of relations between Israel and the North African country. The US plans to open a consulate in Sahara region, and pledged investment that Moroccan media described as colossal.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

 

  • ISRAEL: Financial incentives reportedly offered to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim majority nation, to recognise Israel, as Morocco, Sudan, UAE and Bahrein recently did.

SOURCE: JEWISH NEWS

 

  • ISRAEL: Pakistan said that Islamabad cannot recognize Israel until a “concrete and permanent settlement” of the Palestinian issue, rebuffing reports about pressure on Islamabad to recognize Israel.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

  • ISRAEL-LEBANON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced regret over a stalemate in maritime border talks between Israel and Lebanon and offered Washington’s mediation. The two nations, which remain technically at war, opened negotiations in October after quiet US diplomacy seeking to clear the way for offshore oil and gas exploration sought by both.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

 

  • IRAQ: At least three rockets were launched at the US embassy in Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone causing the embassy to activate its defense system. So far no group has claimed the attack.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

 

  • IRAN:  Iran agreed with Russia to boost technical cooperation in the oil and gas sectors. In the current situation, given the imposition of US sanctions on Iran and Russia, strengthening the convergence and cooperation of the 2 countries is very important.

SOURCE: NEFTEGAZ RU

 

  • IRAN: Iran and China started drilling operations in Iran’s supergiant South Pars non-associated natural gas field officially. This comes as the long-stalled Phase 11 development supposedly saw the withdrawal of all Chinese involvement in October 2019.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

  • STRAIT OF HORMUZ: An American nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine traversed the strategically vital waterway between Iran and the Arabian Peninsula, through the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow passageway through which a fifth of the world’s oil supplies travel, the U.S. Navy said, a rare announcement that comes amid rising tensions with Iran.

SOURCE: ECONOMICTIMES

 

AFRICA:

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  • CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Russia has sent an extra 300 military instructors to the Central African Republic at the request of the country’s leadership to help counter a surge in violence by rebel groups ahead of Sunday’s election. The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that the opposition and armed groups were trying to destabilise the situation with the help of external forces.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

  • SUDAN: The United States is continuing to work with the Sudanese Armed Forces to strengthen bilateral military relations, after US President Donald Trump removed Khartoum from the American terror list.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

  • ETHIOPIA-SUDAN: Ethiopia-Sudan talks to start after border clash. Negotiations open a week after Ethiopian forces reportedly ambushed Sudanese troops on the border, killing four. The area borders Ethiopia’s troubled Tigray region, where fighting broke out last month.

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL NEWS

 

  • EGYPT: Egypt worried about Qatari moves in South Sudan. Qatar is trying to compensate for the decline of its influence in Khartoum by turning its attention to its rival Juba, as it wants to keep a finger in the pie in a region that is becoming increasingly dynamic on many levels. The Qatari move comes also in the midst of escalating tensions in Ethiopia due to the Tigray crisis.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

 

  • LIBYA: Turkey discusses maintaining army in Libya for an additional 18 months. In Libya, Turkey supports the internationally-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in confronting renegade General Khalifa Haftar’s militia, which is supported by Arab and European countries, and seeks to unseat the GNA in the oil-rich country.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

 

  • LIBYA: Russian oil company TATNEFT intends to resume production and exploration operations in Libya, after a near decade long suspension.

SOURCE: NEFTEGAZ RU

 

  • TUNISIA: Italy is ready to double its investments in the energy and renewable energy fields in Tunisia, and exerted pressure on Tunisia regarding the protection of the Algerian gas pipeline owned by ENI to Italy, which passes through Tunisia.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

 

  • NIGERIA: The Financial Times has reported that Nigeria is at risk of becoming a failed state. According to an editorial, the spate of insecurity in the country shows that the Nigerian “the government is no longer in control.”

SOURCE: TRIBUNE ONLINE

 

EUROPE:

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  • RUSSIA: Russia sees US sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, expected to pump gas from Russia to Europe, as a sign of a hybrid war.

SOURCE: FARS NEWS

 

  • WESTERN BALKANS: The attempt of the German Presidency to unlock membership negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania as part of EU enlargement ended unsuccessfully, sending a negative message to the Western Balkans countries when it comes to the EU accession process.

SOURCE: EUROPEAN WESTERN BALKANS

 

EURASIA:

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  • ARMENIA: Opposition supporters rally to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, over his handling of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Azerbaijan. The Russian-brokered peace agreement obliged Armenian forces to surrender large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh and hand over the territories around the separatist region they had controlled for more than a quarter-century.

SOURCE: THE GLOBE AND MAIL

 

  • TURKEY-PAKISTAN: Turkey and Pakistan reaffirmed the resolve to further strengthen defense cooperation, focusing on security and counter-terrorism.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

  • TURKEY-UKRAINE: Turkey and Ukraine resolved to further develop and strengthen the strategic partnership, and called for exploring new avenues of cooperation between the two naval forces.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

 

SOUTH ASIA:

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  • INDIA: Russia said implementation of its ongoing defense deals with India including the supply of a batch of S-400 missile systems is advancing well, despite the threat of US sanctions.

SOURCE: OUTLOOK INDIA

 

  • PAKISTAN: A group of Russian Gazprom-led energy companies seek to invest $14 billion in the gas infrastructure in Pakistan, with two gas pipelines and underground storage facilities to be built. The energy cooperation between these two is part of better ties between Moscow and Islamabad.

SOURCE: WARSAW INSTITUTE

 

ASIA PACIFIC:

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  • CHINA: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says many the Belt and Road Initiative projects have kept running throughout the pandemic and Beijing is increasing its investment.  Assured that  China’s determination to promote [belt and road] international cooperation has not changed,”.

SOURCE: SCMP

 

NORTH AMERICA:

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  • CANADA: Canada rejected China’s Shandong Gold Mining’s bid, amid concerns about a Chinese state-owned entity operating in the country’s sensitive Arctic region. Ottawa’s decision could further strain Canadian-Chinese relations, already damaged by Canada’s December 2018 arrest of Huawei Technologies Co Ltd Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou at the request of the United States.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

SOUTH AMERICA:

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  • VENEZUELA: Venezuela ships crude oil to China despite US sanctions as part of a push by the Trump administration to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Chinese companies stopped loading crude and fuel at Venezuelan ports in August 2019 after Washington extended its sanctions on PDVSA.  

SOURCE: THE STANDARD

 

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GLOBAL GEOPOLITICAL NEWS: December 2020, from Monday 14 to Friday 18

December 2020

from Monday 14 to Friday 18

 

MAIN TOPICS:

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

EUROPE:

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  • TURKEY: US imposed sanctions on Turkey over its purchase of a Russian air defence system, setting the stage for a further confrontation between the two nations as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office. The move comes at a delicate time in relations between Washington and Ankara, over Turkey’s acquisition from Russia of the S-400 missile defence system, along with Turkish actions in Syria, the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan and in the eastern Mediterranean.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

  • MEDITERRANEAN: The US accused Russia of working to destabilize the Mediterranean region, pointing to a series of actions from Libya to Syria. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Moscow “continues to threaten Mediterranean stability using a variety of techniques to spread disinformation, undermine national sovereignty, and sow chaos, conflict, and division within countries throughout the region.”

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

  • MEDITERRANEAN: The United States confirmed is backing the construction of a subsea pipeline that would supply Europe with natural gas from the eastern Mediterranean, and help Europe diversify its energy resources away from Russia, an objective strongly supported by Washington. They are going to work with Israel, Greece and other interested countries.

SOURCE: UK REUTERS

  • GREAT BRITAIN: UK Chief of the Defense Staff warned that Russia assembled 10 or so warships and combat aircraft from the northern Baltic and Black Sea fleets in a show of force in the waters off the British and Irish coasts, in a way not seen since the Cold War.

SOURCE: IRISH HEXAMINER

  • RUSSIA: The European Union formally prolonged for six months economic sanctions against Russia over the country’s failure to live up to commitments to the peace agreement in Ukraine. The measures target Russia’s financial, energy and defense sectors, as well as goods that can be used for both civilian and military purposes.

SOURCE: AL ARABIYA NET

  • SWEDEN: Sweden has announced a sweeping rearmament project that will see its defense budget skyrocket over the next few years. The military spending boost was triggered by “the actions of the Russian side”. Russian Foreign Ministry has stated in response to Sweden’s initiative that the country’s “anti-Russian phobias” are “a result of pressure on Stockholm from the outside”, in particular from NATO.

SOURCE: SPUTNIK

  • BELARUS: The European Union has brought in fresh sanctions against senior figures in Belarus, including Deputy Prime Minister Anatoli Sivak, accused of politically motivated actions against peaceful protestors following August’s election.

SOURCE: POLITICO

  • BULGARIA: Since July, Bulgarians have been protesting government corruption and demanding its resignation almost daily. Some experts assured the anti-government protests in Bulgaria are likely to continue, despite a new pandemic lockdown.

SOURCE: THE WASHINGTON POST

  • CZECH REPUBLIC: The activity of Chinese intelligence in the Czech Republic is becoming increasingly visible, according to the Czech Security Information Service, that highlights that Czech Republic has been a target of cyber activities conducted by groups related to China, and that Chinese intelligence officers used social media, to find ways to influence public opinion, and present a positive image of the PRC.

SOURCE: WARSAW INSTITUTE

MIDDLE EAST:

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  • ISRAEL: Israel has approved the construction of thousands of illegal settlement units in the occupied West Bank, on Palestinian land. According to the PLO, several indicators on the ground show that Israel is going ahead with its annexation plan even though it had announced that it had been postponed.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

  • SAUDI ARABIA/QATAR: The media started hyping the possibility of reconciliation between Qatar and Saudi Arabia after US visited Riyadh and Doha at the end of last month. Saudi Arabia cut their relations with Qatar in June 2017 after it failed to commit to a previous agreement stipulating that it stop supporting terrorist groups and refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of its neighbours.

SOURCE: AHRAM ORG

  • SAUDI ARABIA: A ship was hit by an explosion at the Saudi Arabian port of Jeddah. The incident comes just three weeks after an oil tanker was damaged at the Saudi terminal of Shuqaiq and Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed a missile strike on a Saudi Aramco fuel depot in Jeddah. Tensions in the area have risen as the U.S., a Saudi ally, ramps up sanctions on Iran, which backs the Houthis in Yemen’s civil war.

SOURCE: WORLD OIL

  • IRAQ: Two oil wells of the Iraqi North Oil Company and the national oil companies in Iraq’s Kirkuk province were set ablaze by Islamic State (IS) terrorists. Iraq’s oil installations and pipelines have been frequently attacked by extremist IS militants despite the improvement of the security situation in the country after the government declared the full defeat of terror group throughout the country late in 2017.

SOURCE: ASIAN LITE

  • TURKEY-IRAQ: Turkey and Iraq agreed to continue fighting terrorists trying to disrupt stability in their common region, the Turkish president announced. Erdoğan said terror groups such as Daesh as well as the PKK and FETÖ, were “common enemies” of both sides and underlined that separatist terrorist aims had no future in Turkey, Iraq or Syria.

SOURCE: HURRIYET DAILY NEWS

 

AFRICA:

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  • SUDAN: It was confirmed that Russia is planning to build a naval base in Sudan (see also GGN from last week). It will let Moscow increase its influence in the Red Sea and in the Horn of Africa, provide access to the Indian Ocean, and support for Russian ships of the Black Sea and Pacific fleets. It would open up the potential for Russia to expand its military and political influence in East and Central Africa.

SOURCE: ASIA TIMES

  • SUDAN: The US has officially removed Sudan’s classification as a state sponsor of terrorism. The move saw Sudan follows the country’s normalization of ties with Israel in another Trump-brokered deal, known as the ‘Abraham Accords’, that recognize Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates’ normalized relations with Israel.

SOURCE: RT

  • SUDAN: Experts warn Sudan is now at a critical juncture as tensions have flared between the military and civilian leaders who share power in a fragile transitional government. At the same time, an economic crisis with skyrocketing inflation, exacerbated by the global coronavirus pandemic, is bringing yet more pain to the country.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

  • SOMALIA/KENIA: Somalia cuts diplomatic ties with Kenya amid rising tensions between both nations, after Somalia expelled Kenya’s ambassador to the country and ordered its ambassador to return home.

SOURCE: DAILY MAIL

  • NIGERIA: Boko Haram had seized students from an all-boys boarding school in Katsina, northwest Nigeria, to punish them for “un-Islamic practices.” 333 were missing and assumed captive. Boko Haram claim of responsibility, surprising some analysts, marking a departure from the extremist group’s usual area of operation in the country’s northeast.

SOURCE: WALL STREET JOURNAL

  • NIGER: At least 27 killed in an attack in the Diffa region, while many others are wounded or reported missing. Boko Haram claims attack.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

EURASIA:

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  • INDIA-IRAN-UZBEKISTAN: India, Iran, and Uzbekistan have held their first trilateral meeting for possible joint use of Chabahar port, for transit purposes as well as strengthened regional connectivity into Eurasia. For India, the use of Chabahar port is a geopolitical move aimed at countering growing Chinese influence in the region. India is planning on cashing in on existing projects to expand its reach and linkages so that the Central Asian republics have an alternative to China’s BRI.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

  • RUSSIA: Russian energy giant Rosneft has announced the discovery of a “unique” gas deposit in the Kara Sea, in the Artic, containing an estimated 514 billion cubic meters of natural gas. The discovery could establish a new cluster for oil and gas production in the area. It ensures that Russia’s massive offshore discovery could dwarf Gulf of Mexico & Middle East’s energy reserves.

SOURCE: RT

  • RUSSIA-CHINA: The Russian government has approved the participation of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) in a large petrochemical project, in accordance with Moscow’s strategy of establishing closer economic relations with Beijing.

SOURCE: NEFTEGAZ

SOUTH ASIA:

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  • PAKISTAN: Pakistan has “opened secret normalisation talks” with Israel about normalising relations in order to help in relations with India, while taking advantage of the atmosphere resulting from the normalisation of relations between Israel and the UAE and talks of a similar step by Saudi Arabia, according to some Hebrew´s media.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

  • PAKISTAN: Pakistan recently cleared a bill in Parliament that will virtually give the powerful army sweeping control over the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Greater involvement of the army will serve to address China’s security concerns vis-a-vis Balochistan and Gilgit-Baltistan. Beijing is worried about terrorism in Balochistan, where separatists have stepped up attacks on Chinese targets in recent years.

SOURCE: TIMES OF INDIA

  • PAKSITAN: Gwadar fencing project kick-starts as part of security measures to protect belt and road projects from potential terrorist attacks. Balochistan said the decision will be challenged in the Balochistan High Court and province-wide strikes will be held too.

SOURCE: BRECORDER

  • PAKISTAN: China has agreed to bail out Pakistan by providing it with $1.5 billion to help to repay a $2 billion debt to Saudi Arabia, with whom Pakistan has deteriorating relations.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

  • AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN: The Islamic State (IS) most potent branch IS-Khorasan Province (IS-KP) continues to display its violent presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan, fiercely withstanding the unremitting onslaughts from government and rival Taliban forces. The crisis within the Taliban created an opportunity for IS to rebuild and expand its network in the region.

SOURCE: EERADICALIZATION

  • AFGHANISTAN: Peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgents will resume in early January. Despite the peace process, violence in Afghanistan has not ended. There are regular clashes in various parts of the country and bomb and rocket attacks in Kabul.

SOURCE: REUTERS

  • AFGHANISTAN: The top United States general met Taliban representatives this week in Qatar, urging them to reduce the level of violence and move more swiftly towards a political solution in Afghanistan.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

  • INDIA: India agreed with UK on roadmap to broaden ties, to boost cooperation in Indo-Pacific. They focused on defense and security, among others. They also reviewed the situation in Afghanistan, and developments in the Middle East besides discussion on shared concerns over challenges posed by terrorism.

SOURCE: NEW INDIAN EXPRESS

ASIA PACIFIC:

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  • CHINA/JAPAN: The defense ministers of China and Japan discussed tensions in the disputed East China Sea. Japan expressed concerns over the Chinese ships “repeatedly sailing close to and entering the waters” around the Senkaku Islands, a major stumbling block in the bilateral relationship.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

  • INDONESIA: Indonesia has dismissed Israeli media allegations that the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country is seeking to establish diplomatic ties with the Tel Aviv regime, after Israel and Morocco agreed last week to normalize relations in a deal brokered by the United States. Indonesia has long been a staunch supporter of the Palestinian cause and statehood and has refused to communicate with Israel.

SOURCE: ABNA 24

SOUTH AMERICA:

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  • BOLIVIA: New Bolivia president puts re-establishing ties with Iran top of his agenda (damaged by the previous de facto government, led by interim president Jeanine Anez). He also wanted to re-connect with Venezuela, which already boasts economic ties with Iran.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

  • SURINAME: ExxonMobil and Petronas discover hydrocarbons in Block 52 off Suriname. The discovery extends ExxonMobil’s leading position in South America.

SOURCE: OFF SHORE TECHNOLOGY


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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

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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

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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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  • CHINA: China rejected U.S. accusations it is weakening its enforcement of U.N. sanctions against North Korea. China is North Korea’s most important ally but agreed to U.N. sanctions after North Korea conducted nuclear and missile tests.

SOURCE: CP 24

  • RUSSIA: The Russian military announced the deployment of its S-300V4 advanced air-defense missiles to the Kurile Islands claimed by Japan. Japan has lodged a protest after Russia’s move.

SOURCE: NEW EUROPE

 

ANTI-GOVERNMENT PROTESTS:

  • THAILAND: Thailand’s government is facing a sustained protest campaign that has brought thousands of people out on the streets to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his cabinet, constitutional changes drafted by representatives, and reform of the monarchy under the constitution.

SOURCE: ASIA NIKEI


EURASIA:

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 STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • RUSSIA: Russian Rosneft consolidates position in largest Arctic oil project. It´s expected to buy the Payakha field licenses in the Taymyr Peninsula from Neftegazholding, thus securing its full control over the Vostok Oil project.

SOURCE: THE BARENTS OBSERVER


SOUTH ASIA:

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CONFLICTS:

  • AFGHANISTAN: Afghan government and Taliban representatives said they had reached a preliminary deal considered a major breakthrough because it will allow negotiators to move on to more substantive issues, including talks on a ceasefire.

SOURCE: CGTN

 

STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • INDIA: India, world’s third biggest oil importer and consumer, looks to resume supplies from Iran and Venezuela, after U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

SOURCE: REUTERS

  • INDIA: US Exxon Mobil is in talks to buy a stake in producing oil and gas fields in India.

SOURCE: FINANCIAL EXPRESS


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CONFLICTS:

  • IRAN: The Iranian president has called on the international community to confront the Israeli regime’s atrocities against Palestinians, and expressed regret over Israel’s expansionist policy by constructing more and more Jewish settlements on the West Bank and East al-Quds, and the cruel blockade of the Gaza Strip.

SOURCE: IFP NEWS

 

TERRORISM:

  • IRAQ: Islamic State increases attacks in Iraq’s Sunni areas. It has conducted several attacks in recent weeks on the Sunni-majority provinces of Anbar and Salahuddin.

SOURCE: AL MONITOR


AFRICA:

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CONFLICTS:

  • ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia and the United Nations reached an agreement to channel desperately needed humanitarian aid to a northern region where a month of war has killed, wounded and uprooted large numbers of people.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

TERRORISM:

  • NIGERIA: The Boko Haram jihadist group claimed responsibility for a brutal massacre of farm workers in northeast Nigeria over the weekend as the death toll rose to 76.

SOURCE: THE DEFENSE POST


LATIN AMERICA:

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STRATEGIC RESOURCES:

  • VENEZUELA: Venezuela resumes direct oil shipments to China despite U.S. embargoes.

SOURCE: FLEETMON


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  • BELARUS: Thousands marched through Minsk calling for President Alexander Lukashenko to step down. Belarus has been in a political crisis since a presidential election in August that the opposition says was rigged.

SOURCE: REUTERS

 

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  • THAILAND: Thousands of activists protested in front of the Siam Commercial Bank highlighting the wealth of the king, a day after the government deployed a law criminalizing criticism of the royal family for the first time since pro-democracy protests began in July.

SOURCE: EURASIA REVIEW

 

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  • COLOMBIA: Thousands of workers and students protested in Colombia against the social and economic policies of President Ivan Duque, despite restrictions to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

SOURCE: MERCOPRESS

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  • THAILAND: Thousands of protesters returned to the streets of Thailand’s capital, demanding reforms of the country’s military-backed government, military-drafted constitution, and its all-powerful monarchy.

SOURCE: CBS NEWS

 

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  • GERMANY: People attend a protest rally in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin against the coronavirus restrictions in Germany. The protests came as German lawmakers debated a bill that would provide legal underpinning for the government to issue social distancing rules, require masks in public and to close stores.

SOURCE: FRESNOBEE

 

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