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ASEAN:

  • Asean military chiefs met to discuss regional and international security challenges and made plans to boost cooperation between their armed forces. They had “profound concerns” about the situation in Myanmar. Myanmar has been embroiled in political instability since the junta seized power and detained elected government leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

SOURCE: STRAIT TIMES


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MYANMAR:

  • The European Union has suspended its support for development projects in Myanmar to avoid providing financial assistance to the military after it seized power last month. The EU’s decision follows international condemnation of the Feb. 1 military coup in Myanmar that overthrew the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.

SOURCE: REUTERS


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MYANMAR:

  • President Biden has vowed to rally the United States’ partners to persuade Asian allies to support sanctions or moves to isolate Myanmar´s regime after military coup. They anticipate it will be no easy task. In Asia, there is a sense that two decades of sanctions in the 1990s and 2000s during Myanmar’s earlier period of military rule simply pushed the junta closer to China.

SOURCE: WASHINGTON POST


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ISRAEL:

  • Thousands of Israelis demonstrated against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and called for him to step down. This is the 32nd week that such protests have been held against the Israeli leader, who faces three indictments on corruption and fraud charges.

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR


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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

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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

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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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NEPAL:

  • Chinese delegation meets Nepal PM amid political crisis (Prime Minister decided to dissolve the country’s parliament, triggering political unrest and street protests). China has poured millions of dollars into Nepal in recent years in aid and infrastructure investment as it incorporates the country in President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative project.

SOURCE: AL JAZEERA


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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


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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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ASIA PACIFIC

  • 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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