Global Geopolitical Conflicts News

The most relevant news related to global geopolitical conflicts in a synthetic and organized way, allowing to detect perspectives and trends in just a few minutes.

October 2020

Just the essential


EURASIA:

  • NAGORNO-KARABAKH:  The fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist territory of Nagorno-Karabakh resumed Monday morning, with both sides accusing each other of launching attacks. Meanwhile, though Turkey denies playing a military role, it has intensified its anti-Armenian rhetoric.  Turkey has so far disregarded calls for a ceasefire from the U.S., EU, China and, remarkably, Russia. Iran announced it has a plan to bring the conflict to an end.

SOURCE: AP NEWSIRNA NEWS –  MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE

EURASIA:

  • NAGORNO-KARABAKH: Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians fought new clashes before talks at which the United States, France and Russia will discuss how to secure a ceasefire and avert a wider war in the South Caucasus. The talks mark the start of a concerted drive by the three powers to halt fighting, increasing concerns about the security of pipelines in Azerbaijan that carry natural gas and oil to Europe.

SOURCE: REUTERS

EURASIA:

  • NAGORNO-KARABAKH: Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces accused each other of launching new attacks in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, increasing strains on a two-day ceasefire intended to end heavy fighting over the mountain enclave. Russia, which brokered the ceasefire, appealed for both sides to respect it.

SOURCE: REUTERS


ASIA PACIFIC

  • The United States and European officials are mulling to create an ‘Asian NATO’ of regional powers to contain communist China’s expansionist ambitions. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has said China’s emergence as a rising superpower is “fundamentally shifting the global balance of power” in ways should motivate NATO itself to “become more global.”

SOURCE: BUSINESS WORLD

ASIA PACIFIC

  • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has accused the United States of “stirring up confrontation” in the Asia Pacific, declaring as a “security risk” Washington’s plan to form an Indo-Pacific alliance, seen as a strategy to counter Beijing’s own growing assertiveness in the region. Urged the Associated of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to work together to prevent “external disruptions.”

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA

ASIA PACIFIC

  • China concluded a five-day tour of Southeast Asian nations (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Malaysia), intended to shore up crucial relationships and capitalize on points of tension between these nations and Western powers including the United States.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

ASIA PACIFIC

  • The situation in the South China Sea remains volatile and uncertain amid “aggressive actions” by China and as the U.S. patrols the area to ensure freedom of navigation, the Philippines’ military chief said.

SOURCE: BLOOMBERG

ASIA PACIFIC

  • TAIWAN: China says it tracked a US Navy warship as it passed through the Taiwan Strait and has its forces in the area on high alert, as tensions between the world’s two largest economies and rivals for regional influence continue to simmer. Although the Taiwan Strait is a public waterway, China is extremely sensitive to all US military moves in its periphery amid heightened tensions over Taiwan, the South China Sea, trade disputes and other issues.

SOURCE: ALARABIYA NET

ASIA PACIFIC

  • HONG KONG: China opposed and strongly condemns the so-called Hong Kong Autonomy Law concocted by the US which targets Beijing over national security law imposed by China on the semi-autonomous region. The law criminalizes any anti-China activity in Hong Kong, and it was prompted by year-long anti-government protests that rocked Hong Kong last year.

SOURCE: ANADOLU AGENCY

ASIA PACIFIC

  • TIBET: Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the United States is seeking to destabilize Tibet by appointing the so-called special coordinator for Tibetan issues, calling the move an interference in China’s internal affairs.

SOURCE: CGTN

ASIA PACIFIC

  • Japan’s newly appointed Prime Minster Suga Yoshihide is considering state visits to Vietnam and Indonesia in mid-October in a bid to shore up relations with two key Southeast Asian partners. Vietnam and Indonesia are important for Japan given their important positions within ASEAN and the fraught relations that both have with China.

SOURCE: THE DIPLOMAT

ASIA PACIFIC

  • U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Japan to rally support from Washington’s closest allies in AsiaJapan, India and Australia– as a bulwark against China’s growing regional influence. China has already denounced the Quad as an attempt to contain its development.

SOURCE: METRO US


SOUTH ASIA

  • China and India agreed not to further escalate tensions after a series of violent Himalayan border clashes led to a heavy military build-up in the region.

SOURCE: SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

SOUTH ASIA

  • Senior Indian and Chinese military commanders were holding fresh talks aimed at ending a months-long standoff along their disputed border in the remote Ladakh region.

SOURCE: ALARABIYA.NET

SOUTH ASIA

  • China said it does not recognise the Ladakh Union Territory “illegally set up by India”, a day after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh opened 44 new bridges, seven of which are in Ladakh.

SOURCE: SCROLL


MIDDLE EAST

  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo exhorted Saudi Arabia to join the “changing dynamic” in the region by recognising Israel after normalisation moves by two other Arab Gulf states (Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates). Washington and Riyadh underline common resolve against Iran.

SOURCE: THE ARAB WEEKLY

MIDDLE EAST

  • IRAQ: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned recently that the US would close the embassy in Iraq if Baghdad does not prevent Iran-backed Shi’ite militias from firing rockets at the heavily fortified compound in the Green Zone. It would reverse 17 years of US policy, leaving Iraq more vulnerable to Iranian influence, analysts say. Iraq’s $8 bil with US energy companies also seen at risk if Baghdad embassy closed.

SOURCE: JERUSALEM POST  – S&P GLOBAL

MIDDLE EAST

  • IRAQ: Turkey plans to set up more military bases in Iraq after stepping up its strikes against Kurdish militants there (Turkey’s military bases are active now in several states including Libya, Qatar, Syria, Northern Cyprus, and Iraq).

SOURCES: SHAFAQ

MIDDLE EAST

  • SYRIA: The United States has reiterated its opposition to Turkish military operations against Kurdish-led forces in northeast Syria, extending emergency powers to counteract the move.

SOURCE: AHVALNEWS

MIDDLE EAST

  • SYRIA: The United States has started construction of a new military base in Syrian oil rich Deir Ez-Zor governorate near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The new base will be the fourth in the governorate, and the ninth in eastern Syria.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

MIDDLE EAST

  • WEST BANK: Israel’s Higher Planning Council (HPC) of the Civil Administration that operates the West Bank is expected to approve plans to construct 4,430 new housing units in settlements in the West Bank. It will make 2020 the biggest year since 2012 for the construction of new settlement units.

SOURCE: FOREIGN POLICY

 

MIDDLE EAST

  • JUDEA AND SAMARIA: Five European countries – UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain– issued a joint statement condemning Israel’s decision to approve the construction of thousands of new housing units in Israeli towns in Judea and Samaria. They said the expansion further imperils the viability of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

SOURCE:: ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS


EUROPE

  • BELARUS: EU leaders broke a diplomatic deadlock and imposed sanctions on Belarus. It´s against about 40 officials accused of rigging August’s presidential election (see also GGN September 2020).

SOURCE: NEW EUROPE

EUROPE

  • BELARUS: Russia is planning to recruit Syrian mercenaries to deploy to Belarus to protect dictator Alexandr Lukashenko, a Syrian news outlet has reported. It would do it through the Russian military contractor and mercenary Wagner Group.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

EUROPE

  • BELARUS: Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called for Belarus’ long-time ruler Aleksander Lukashenko to be included in the bloc’s list of individuals under EU sanctions for his violent crackdown on protesters after the “rigged” elections.

SOURCE: NEW EUROPE

EUROPE

  • CYPRUS: Turkey provoked a new crisis with Cyprus with plans to extend its illegal occupation of part of the island to include an area called Varosha, a beach area that has been abandoned after Ankara expelled Greek Cypriots from the northern part of the island. The move has been condemned by Russia, the EU and UN. The provocation is of importance to the region, as Israel is becoming a key ally of Cyprus and Greece with a new gas deal (that collides with the interests of Turkey).

SOURCE: JERUSALEM POST


AFRICA

  • US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper visited Africa in a trip aimed in part at pushing back on Russian and Chinese influence in the region.  The US has accused China of seeking to expand its influence in the region via predatory loans and the US military has accused Moscow of deploying Russian mercenaries and fighter jets in Libya.

SOURCE: CNN

AFRICA

  • LIBYA: Turkey will continue to support Libya’s government with training, consultation, and other support, Turkey’s National Defense Ministry said. It added that an agreement signed “determining the maritime jurisdictional zones between Turkey and Libya registered by the UN” its case for claiming its fair share of energy resources in the Eastern Mediterranean, against Greece’s maximalist claims flouting international law.

SOURCE: YENISAFAK

AFRICA

  • LIBYA: The United States has looked to increase the pace of cooperation with Egypt to control some of the main joints in the eastern region of Libya, where oil is abundant. Washington’s increased involvement is linked to American reports on the influx of foreign mercenaries in Libya and wariness about Russia’s growing proximity to the oil crescent area.  Egypt has for many years been closer to Moscow than Washington in dealing with the Libyan crisis.

SOURCE: THE ARABWEEKLY