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Jan 18, 2013 | 21:00 GMT

Geopolitical Calendar: Week of Jan. 21, 2013

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Editor's Note: The following is an internal Stratfor document listing significant meetings and events planned for the next week. Stratfor analysts use this document to stay informed of the activities and travel of world leaders and to guide their areas of focus for the week.

EUROPE

  • Jan. 21: The Eurogroup will meet in Brussels to appoint a new president for the group.
  • Jan. 22: EU finance ministers will meet in Brussels.
  • Jan. 22: France and Germany will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Elysee Treaty.
  • Jan. 22: Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Energy Minister Taner Yildiz, Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Sahin and Turkish Central Bank head Erdem Basci will arrive in Davos, Switzerland, to take part in the annual World Economic Forum. 
  • Jan. 23-27: The World Economic Forum will be held in Davos.
  • Jan. 23: In Spain, the Catalonian government will discuss the prospects of a referendum on Catalonian independence.
  • Jan. 25: The Czech Republic will start its second round of presidential elections.
  • Jan. 27: Bulgaria will hold a referendum on the construction of a nuclear power plant.

FORMER SOVIET UNION

  • Jan. 21: The Higher Economic Court of Ukraine is expected to consider an appeal against a ruling that upheld the ruling of Kiev's Economic Court regarding the payment by the Cabinet of Ministers of energy debt to the Russian Defense Ministry.
  • Jan. 22: A meeting on defense industry cooperation between Turkey and Azerbaijan will be held.
  • Jan. 24: A mission of the International Monetary Fund will arrive in Ukraine.
  • Jan. 25: A presidential election campaign is expected to begin in Armenia.
  • Jan. 26: Another attempt to launch a Russian-South Korean space rocket may occur.

SOUTH ASIA

  • Jan. 21: The trial of five men accused of a gang rape that led to the death of a 23-year-old woman is set to start in India.
  • Jan. 21-22: Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris will visit New Delhi to meet with Indian Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid and attend the meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Commission. 
  • Jan. 26: Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will visit India.

EAST ASIA

  • Jan. 22-24: A South Korean delegation led by Special Envoy to China Kim Moo Sung will visit China.
  • Jan. 22-24: Indian Finance Minister P. Chidambaram will visit Hong Kong and Singapore as part of a tour to attract foreign investors to India.
  • Jan. 22-25: Natsuo Yamaguchi, the leader of Japan's New Komeito Party, will visit China.
  • Jan. 23-29: U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy Glyn Davies will visit China, Japan and South Korea to meet with officials to discuss North Korea policy.

AMERICAS

  • Unspecified date: The Brazilian government reportedly might announce an increase in the price of gasoline and diesel fuel.
  • Unspecified date: Brazilian and U.S. representatives in the World Trade Organization will resume negotiations over U.S. cotton subsidies.
  • Jan. 22: Passenger and cargo train workers in Argentina are expected to carry out a nationwide strike in protest of the shutting down of a rail line in Chubut province.
  • Jan. 23: Protests in support of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have been called for in the capital of Caracas. The opposition Table of Democratic Unity front will also hold a protest.
  • Jan. 24: Peruvian Foreign Minister Santiago Roncagliolo will meet with his Chilean counterpart, Alfredo Moreno, in Santiago to discuss border integration, cooperation and other bilateral issues.
  • Jan. 24: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will pay an official visit to Uruguay.
  • Jan. 24: An EU-Brazil summit will take place in Brasilia.
  • Jan. 25: The regional president of Peru's Cajamarca province, Gregorio Santos, will discuss development and mining in his state with a presidential council of ministers.
  • Jan. 25-26: Chile will host the third Celac-EU business summit in Santiago on the eve of the general Celac summit. Several European dignitaries have announced their attendance, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and French President Francois Hollande.

MIDDLE EAST/NORTH AFRICA

  • Jan. 21: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi will participate in the Arab Socio-Economic and Development Summit in Riyadh.
  • Jan. 21: Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf will visit the United States.
  • Jan. 21: Patriot missile batteries from the Netherlands and Germany are scheduled to arrive at the Turkish port of Iskenderun as part of a NATO mission.
  • Jan. 21-22: Sudanese President Omar al Bashir is expected to take part in the Arab Socio-Economic and Development Summit in Riyadh.
  • Jan. 22: Israel will hold parliamentary elections.
  • Jan. 23: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify in a Congressional hearing about the Sept. 11 attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. 
  • Jan. 23: Jordan will hold parliamentary elections that the country's largest political movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, is expected to boycott. 
  • Jan. 24-25: Iran's paramilitary force, the Basij, will hold exercises in the southern province of Hormozgan.
  • Jan. 25: Egypt's main anti-Islamist opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, will mark the second anniversary of the beginning of the 2011 uprising that ousted former President Hosni Mubarak government by staging protests against the Islamist-led Morsi government. Islamist parties will stage demonstrations to celebrate Egypt's new constitution and to show their support for the president. 

AFRICA

  • Unspecified date: Nigeria will send the remainder of its 710-strong military contingency to Mali to fight against jihadist rebels. 
  • Jan. 21: A new round of testimonies will occur in South Africa's inquiry into the August 2012 Marikana mining massacre.
  • Jan. 21: Representatives from the government of Mali will meet with rebel groups for peace talks in the Burkinabe capital of Ouagadougou.
  • Jan. 23-24: The Economic Community of West African States will hold a small conference in Bamako, Mali, to discuss the ongoing fighting in the country between jihadist rebels and French/African forces. 
  • Jan. 24: Sudanese President Omar al Bashir and South Sudanese Salva Kiir Mayardit, will meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a second round of negotiations over pending issues between their respective countries.
  • Jan. 25: South African mining company Coal of Africa will have a shareholder meeting to vote on the 23.6 percent share purchase by Hong Kong-based Haohua Energy International.

Editor's Note: A previous version of this calendar misstated the port of arrival, which is Iskenderun, of Patriot missile systems from the Netherlands and Germany.

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