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GLOBAL WEEK-IN REVIEW/AHEAD -- Friday, Aug. 6, 2010

Released on 2012-10-18 17:00 GMT

Email-ID 31826
Date 2010-08-09 21:19:55
From [email protected]
To [email protected]
Sending now, as it appears that this did not leave my outbox on Friday. I
apologize for any inconvenience.

Friday, Aug. 6, 2010
**This is written weekly by STRATFOR's strategic analysts to document
ongoing work and to provide AOR-level updates from the team.


US-CHINA-KOREAS -- rising tensions -- week in review/week ahead - The
Northeast Asian security environment remains tense. ROK carried out
anti-submarine drills near the disputed maritime border, China launched
air defense drills in Henan and Shandong. Meanwhile the US announced that
it would in fact send the USS George Washington aircraft carrier to the
Yellow Sea for future exercises, despite China's protestations, which
allegedly grew harsher over past month in reaction to pressure from the
PLA on the Foreign Ministry. China released a statement calling for the US
and ROK to respect its concerns. North Korea said it was ready to return
to Six Party Talks but the US and allies are no more inclined than
previously, and Japan's PM Kan stated outright no return yet. As the US is
trying to get companies in the region to participate in sanctions against
DPRK, a South Korean report claimed that Hong Kong authorities are
investigating the city's banks for relations with the Taepung Group (which
handles FDI for North Korea) for transactions within the past six years.
The US is also pushing states to adhere to sanctions against Iran -- a
delegation from State and Treasury Depts visited Tokyo and Seoul and
pushed for cooperation. Tokyo announced its own round of unilateral
sanctions against Iran, while ROK vacillated and said it would do so, but
is delaying until October to make its final decision on whether to freeze
transactions through Bank Mellat's branch in Seoul (though ROK companies
have supposedly already stopped dealing with the bank for fear of US
reprisals). China meanwhile received Iran's Oil Minister who was pressing
for investments into the refining sector in Iran, among other things, but
the Chinese Vice-Premier Li Keqiang made statements that seemed carefully
to focus on maintaining "existing projects" and no new agreements, so
far, were signed. Tensions with the US over the Koreas and over Iran
sanctions are therefore continuing with little end in sight, though on the
economic front both sides appear to be avoiding exchanging harsh words for
the time being (that will reemerge no later than September). Finally, we
have intelligence (not for publication) that an unauthorized Chinese
protest could take place, despite Chinese security attempts to halt it, at
the US embassy on August 7 against the US involvement in South China Sea.
CHINA -- economic management, social unrest -- week in review/ahead -
Information from July's economic performance began to pour out. In
addition to the usual flow of interesting economic news -- showing that
demand for commodities is slowing down in China and the country is bracing
for an overall slowdown in second half, though exports have not yet seen
the damage that is expected to come shortly -- there were also
announcements of new regulations on property and credit, cutting of
preferential electricity rates for SOEs, warnings against grain
speculation, and a new rash of "stress tests" that will examine what would
happen to banks (as well as steel and concrete industries) if property
prices fell by 50-60 percent. Moreover ongoing debates about whether China
will continue tightening controls, will pause to see where the global
economy is going, or will ease up -- seems the pause is the most likely
direction but debates are raging. On the social front, there were several
bloody incidents as usual. Press in Hong Kong and elsewhere complained
about China's treatment of protests in favor of Cantonese language in
Guangzhou and HK, but Guangdong's Party Secretary Wang Yang came forward
and said that there was no threat to Cantonese and that he was even
studying Cantonese, but that some protesters didn't understand the facts
of the case and some had "ulterior motives" that required security forces'
vigilance -- he is the highest ranking official to address the recent
Cantonese debate, and likely member of Politburo Standing Committee in
2012, and his comments walked a middle path that is likely exemplary
response to avoid aggravating the situation but not imply that a firm hand
will not be used in the event of instability risks.
JAPAN -- Strait of Hormuz and Iran -- week in review/ahead - UAE Coast
Guard said that inspections of the Japanese M Star tanker revealed that an
attack with explosives had left residue on the ship. The tanker left Port
of Fujairah one week after the incident which seems to have been confirmed
as an attack by local investigators. The Brigades of Abdullah Azzam have
not shown a lot of capability recently but have claimed credit. This will
raise concerns about the security of the Strait even though it was a minor
incident; it also raises questions about the group's motivations or who
else could have been involved. It will be critical also to watch for the
Japanese response, since terrorism and piracy have been the most
empowering pretexts for extension of JSDF roles in the past decade. One of
the interesting things is that Tokyo this week announced it will launch
its own unilateral sanctions against Iran, banning 40 organizations and
one person from doing business in Japan's system. Hard to say that the
attack on the Japanese-flagged ship and the sanctions are related, and
obviously Iran has distanced itself entirely from the attack. But these
are both significant developments even assuming they are unrelated.
US-VIETNAM - Talk emerged about a civil nuclear deal wherein the US could
allow Vietnam to enrich uranium on its own soil. This is in its early
phases and there are a lot of uncertainties about details of how the
agreement would be signed -- moreover Vietnam has even denied that talks
have begun. In many other US deals with other countries it has required
them to buy uranium from international markets to avoid proliferation
risk, but US leaks said it is willing to let Vietnam enrich its own. This
would show an example of US enhancing relations in Southeast Asia, with
Vietnam receiving special status, and it gives specificity to what the US
is planning. China Daily ran a story quoting analysts criticizing the US
move, and non-prolif activists in the US have also criticized it.

US/IRAN - In the past few days there has been a flurry of developments
that suggest that the United States and Iran maybe moving towards some
serious talks. These include statements/moves on the part of both sides.
U.S. President Barack Obama in an interview with CNN expressed a degree of
optimism that Tehran would come to the table, adding that he wouldn't put
any redlines in the negotiations process. He also added that there should
be a precise roadmap consisting of a series of steps that Iran can take to
demonstrate its intentions behind its nuclear program (a measure that
addresses long-standing Iranian demand that they will not agree to an
open-ended process to scrutinize their program). Separately, Obama also
sent a letter to top Iraqi cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani seeking
his assistance in breaking the gridlock in the negotiations to form the
next Iraqi government. On the other side, we had Supreme Leader Ayatollah
Ali Khamenei's international affairs adviser make a rare trip to Beirut to
meet with Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. Velayati told the leader of
the Lebanese radical Shia Islamist movement to refrain from any hostile
activity against Israel and not escalate matters within Lebanon over the
tribunal probe that is implicating Hezbollah members in the 2005
assassination of Rafik al-Hariri - until such time that Tehran can get a
sense of where the U.S.-Iranian discussions on Iraq are headed. Elsewhere,
there have been a lot of statements from various senior Iranian officials
including President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, addressing the issue of
negotiating with the United States. Clearly, there is heightened activity
within the back-channels between DC and Tehran, which we need to gain a
better sense of. We'll need to watch the OS forums like a hawk and ping
sources for greater insight. While Ramadan begins next week and any
serious discussions will take place after the end of the Islamic month of
fasting but there is a lot of preparatory work that will take place in the
lead up to the actual talks that we need to track. The most telling
indicator will be Iraq and what is happening there. On the nuclear issue
we will need to monitor Turkey as it is the key medium through which the
Iranians are operating. What the Arab states like Saudi Arabia, Syria, and
Egypt as well as Israel do will be a secondary gauge of how things are
shaping up between the Americans and the Iranians.

US/PAKISTAN - The U.S. move to stabilize Pakistan is a key element of the
Obama administration's strategy to tackle Afghanistan. But this week an
array of developments highlighted how that process is not going well.
Ethno-political violence - pitting the ruling Pakistan People's Party's
two main regional coalition partners - in the country's main commerical
hub and port city claimed around a hundred lives. Meanwhile, the country
experienced the worst floods in all its 63-year existence (due to
torrential rain storms). The floods which first swept the north-western
Pashtun regions, because of the north-south running Indus river system,
swept through the core province of Punjab and made its way to the
southeastern Sindh province. As many as 5 million people have been forced
to relocate and as many as 2000 died, forcing the military to divert tens
of thousands of troops away from the counter-insurgency efforts to
rescue/relief operations. The COIN efforts and now the floods only add to
the woes of an economy that has only been saved from bankruptcy due to
U.S. and international assistance. Put differently, the Pakistani state is
under increasing stress/strain - at a time when the United States needs it
to be able to move froward with its Afghan strategy. Therefore, we need to
get a better understanding of the reality of the weakness of the Pakistani

RUSSIA/FOOD - Review - Russia continued to suffer from fires and drought
due to abnormally hot weather throughout the week, and on Aug 5 the
government announced it would halt exports from Aug 15 until the end of
the year (a decision it has since said it would review once it accounts
for all the affected grain). Aside from the financial impacts of this,
there is another aspect which is geopolitical -Russia has asked Belarus
and Kazkahstan to halt their own exports in case Russia will need them in
the future. While Belarus is not a big exporter and Kazakhstan already
sends a lot (but not all) of its exports to Russia, this serves as a key
test of the two countries loyalty to Russia when relations have been tense
- especially between Belarus and Russia - in recent months, and follows a
similar request when Russia asked the two countries to enforce its embargo
of Moldova and Georgian wine and water products. Back to the fires
themselves, there are signs they are creeping toward the Chernobyl region,
and there is a possibility of radioactive dust being swept across the
region and possibly even to Europe - so this will need to be closely
watched in the coming week.
CAUCASUS EMIRATE - Review - The leader of the Caucasus Emirate announced
his decision to step down Aug 1 and that the leader of the Dagestan
branch, Aslambek Vadalov, would take his place. Chechen warlords said the
following day that they were "pleased" with Umarov's decision and urged
insurgents in other North Caucasus republics to take an oath of loyalty to
the new commander. Then on the next day on Aug 3, Umarov reversed his
decision and said he would stay on as the CE's leader. A lot of
conflicting signs, and according to insight we have received, there are
significant splits within the organization that could stymie its attempts
to gain more prominence in the region and spread its tentacles.
RUSSIA/GEORGIA - Ahead - Aug 8 marks the 2-year anniversary of the
Russia-Georgia war. Unlike last year, there are no major marches or
protests planned from either side, which is significant in and of itself.
But that doesn't mean that tensions can't cause some sort of security
flare up, and with our ongoing monitoring of the Caucasus, this is an
important event in the region to keep track of in Georgia, Russia, and the
breakaway territories of Abkhazia and S. Ossetia themselves.
RUSSIA/BULGARIA - Ahead - On Aug 10, Russian energy giant Gazprom will
present a draft contract to Bulgarian Bulgargaz which would buy gas
directly from Gazprom rather than from the three companies Overgas Inc,
Wintershall and Gazpromexport, which Gazprom owns partially or totally.
What is important to watch here is if there an actual agreement signed
between the two companies, as a bilateral accord between Bulgaria and
Russia would mark the first time an individual country reached a deal with
Russia rather than through an EU-wide contract.

KOSOVO - After the ICJ-decision legitimizing Kosovo's declaration of
independence on July 22 without judging the merit of its status as an
independent state we continue to lodge reactions to this decision
especially in light of other secession movements. Special attention should
be paid to the Balkans where the election season in Bosnia (October) is
beginning to heat up.
SERBIA/KOSOVO - Belgrade potentially might be floating ideas on how to
resolve the Kosovo issue. The assurance of the impossibility of accepting
Kosovar independence has been toned down to the opposition merely to the
unilateral declaration of independence. A nationalist ally of the pro-West
Serbian President, Tadic, has furthermore put forward the idea of a
compensation for Kosovo, which was heretofore considered a no-go area for
the nationalists. Both of these might be ways for Tadic to gauge reactions
to a settlement of the Kosovo issue still relatively far removed from
presidential elections in 2012.

EUROPE/MILITARY - Unprecedented (post 1960s) troop deployments by European
troops is putting a strain on these countries' armies. This especially
since deployability is not a forte of the European militaries. In
combination with universal across the board budget cuts which will affect
defense budgets all over Europe, the question is how much maneuver space
and deployment flexibility the Europeans have left.

ITALY - The government survived a confidence vote in the Italian lower
chamber even after the exclusion of the speaker of the house, Fini, from
Berlusconi's majority party (which is really a very loose coalition of
divergent centrist and right-wing groups) and the subsequent loss of 33
MPs who will create a new fraction in support and solidarity to Fini. The
stability of Italian government is a serious issue because it could turn
the focus of the markets on to Italy which has one the highest public debt
to GDP ratios in the world, especially now that the markets have
essentially calmed their fears about Spain.

GERMANY - Coalition bickering and infighting between CDU/CSU and FDP
continues on a variety of fronts. Merkel shot down the proposal of
FDP-Economics Minister Bruederle to facilitate the immigration of
qualified workers. While the FDP-president and FM, Guido Westerwelle,
reiterated his support for Turkish accession to the EU (a position which
CDU/CSU vocally oppose) and after a cabinet meeting led by him (Merkel
being on vacation) also reinforced his party's position on immigration
once again. The bickering continues, showing that leading her coalition
becomes more and more difficult for Merkel.

COLOMBIA/VZ - This past week, tensions defused a bit between Colombia and
VZ. VZ is even sending the FM to Santos's inauguration. We still need to
keep an eye on military movements and US/Colombian defense cooperation,
especially as Colombia is saying they have more irrefutable evidence that
they haven't released yet. Keep an eye out for Santos's military reforms
as well and the US/Colombian basing agreement debate.

CUBA - Cuba is talking up a new 5 year economic plan to slash state
employment and give more autonomy to small private business owners. We
discussed the flaws to plan, but we also need to dig deeper into what the
Cubans are thinking. Watch for Fidel Castro's speech Aug. 7 for any
differences in opinion from Raul.

BOLIVIA - There are signs that Bolivia may be trying to build up a peasant
militia along the lines of what VZ did. Need to see what the Bolivians are
up to.


KENYA - Kenya held its constitutional referendum Aug. 4, with over 60
percent of the voters who turned out voting in favor. The best news for
Kenya was that there was no violence at all during the polls, mainly
because the two leading political figures in the country - President Mwai
Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga - both supported the "Yes" camp.
Kenya will now have it second ever constitution, and it will lead to
greater devolution of power to local governments, as well as the
establishment of checks on executive power by the soon to be created
Kenyan senate. As a result, there will be less of a fight (in theory) for
the presidency during the next elections in 2012, as power will not be the
same sort of zero sum game as it was in 2008, when Kenya almost descended
into civil war.

DRC - The past week in eastern Congo's Ituri district (part of Orientale
Province) was interesting to watch. Central government officials from
Kinshasa made some rare visits to the distant region, which sits along the
Ugandan border, and whose recent history places it almost more within
Kampala's sphere of influence than Kinshasa's (one look at a map will
explain why that is). The Congolese government, however, has taken a much
greater interest in Ituri in recent years due to the fact that there is
quite a hefty amount of crude oil waiting to be tapped in the Lake Albert
Basin. Uganda is about to begin producing in 2011, and Ituri a little bit
after that. There was a controversial (and pretty shady) deal that went
down two weeks ago, whereby British oil company Tullow was booted from
their concessions in Ituri, in favor of two British Virgin
Island-registered companies owned by South African President Jacob Zuma's
nephew. Congolese President Joseph Kabila made the deal happen. Ituri
residents are apparently upset that their relative autonomy and the
ability to loot their own area (it's mineral rich, beyond what oil is
being discovered) with little central government oversight is coming to an
end -- foreign oil companies are coming in, the central government is
getting rich, and the local fiefdoms are being taken down. Because of
this, Kinshasa government officials have been trying to allay everyone's
fears in the far flung province. In addition, the Congolese army has been
paying especially close attention to the region, fighting against ADF
rebels as well as militants from other smaller militias in the area, as
part of an effort to bring better security to the Ituri region so that oil
companies won't have to operate in a war zone. The point of all this,
geopolitically speaking, is that Kinshasa is attempting to rein in its far
flung regions -- especially the mineral rich ones -- in a gradual process
which seeks to reverse the calamity of Zaire's collapse in the mid 1990's.

Karen Hooper
Director of Operations
512.744.4300 ext. 4103