Geopolitical Forecast for October 17th - 23rd


Monday, October 17th


Latvia - October 17th-31st - International military exercises codenamed “Silver Arrow.” Military personnel from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, the USA, Germany, Great Britain and the Netherlands are expected to participate.

Luxembourg -  Meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs. The agenda includes discussion on the situation in Syria, the migration crisis, relations between the EU and Tunisia, as well as the EU’s global strategy.

EU Council meeting on the environment.

Paris, France - October 17th-21st - International exhibition of naval technology and equipment “Euronaval.”

Paris, France - Meeting of Senior Officials of the BRICS countries to counter corruption.

Rome, Italy - October 17th-21st - The meeting of the UN Committee on World Food Security. Also, a report will be presented on "the State of Food and Agriculture."

Paris, France - 14:00 - Presentation of the third report of the UNESCO, the International Council of Social Sciences, and the Institute of Development Studies - "Social sciences in the world."

Geneva, Switzerland - October 17th -  November 4th - 118th Session of the UN Committee on Human Rights.

North Amercia

New York, USA - Consultations in the UN Security Council on the situation in Southern Sudan.

South America

Quito, Ecuador - October 17th-19th - Sustainable Urban Development Conference. The organizer is the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN - Habitat). UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will participate.

International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

Tuesday, October 18th


Moscow, Russia - Meeting of the Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Moscow - October 18th-22nd - XX International Exhibition of State Security "Interpolitex". Organizers: Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation, the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, and others.

Minsk, Belarus - Meeting of the Council of Permanent Plenipotentiary Representatives of participating states of the Commonwealth and the statutory and other bodies of the CIS.  The Russian Federation's plan for its chairmanship of CIS in 2017 and other affairs.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan - October 18th-19th - Meeting of foreign ministers of the Council of Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.


New Delhi, India - BRICS Media Forum.

China - October 18th-21st. Visit by the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte. He is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping and others.


Luxembourg - The meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs. On the agenda is the question of the trade agreement with Canada.

North America

New York, USA - The Security Council will hold consultations on the United Nations for a referendum on the Western Sahara mission.

Washington, USA - The visit of the Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. He is scheduled to meet with US President Barack Obama.

Wednesday, October 19th


Kazakhstan - 11:05 MSK - Scheduled launch of the "Soyuz MS-02" manned spacecraft to the International Space Station with a crew of Russian cosmonauts, Sergei Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, and NASA astronaut Robert Kimbrough.


Singapore - October 19th-20th - ASEAN ministerial meeting on drug control.


Brussels, Belgium - Tripartite social summit of EU.

October 19th-21st - Global Security Forum (Crans Montana Forum).

Berlin, Germany - Scheduled meeting of the heads of states of the "Norman Quartet" (Russia, Ukraine, France, Germany) dedicated to the settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

North America

New York, USA - The UN Security Council will hold its quarterly debate on the Middle East. As expected, the session will focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Washington, USA - A ministerial meeting in the format of "two plus two" will be attended by US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Defense Secretary Ashton Carter as well as the ministers of foreign affairs and defense of the Republic of Korea, Yun Byung-Se and Han Ming Gu. It is expected that the meeting will address ways to further coordination in opposing North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons.

Las Vegas, USA - 21:00 - The third round of the pre-election TV debates between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Thursday, October 20th


Tehran, Iran - October 20th-21st - Forum for the rectors of Iranian and Russian universities.


Brussels, Belgium -  October 20th-21st - Meeting of the European Council. The heads of EU member states will discuss migration issues, trade, and international relations.

Finland, Latvia - October 20th-21st - Estonian president Kersti Kaljulaid’s planned visit .

Frankfurt am Main, Germany - Meeting of the Board of Governors of the European Central Bank.

Verona, Italy - October 20th-21st - 5th Eurasian Forum. Expected participants include Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov, "Rosneft" President Igor Sechin, President of the International Cooperation Foundation, Romano Prodi, and others.

Paris, France - Meeting of the UNESCO Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Friday, October 21st

No major events scheduled

Saturday, October 22nd

No major events scheduled

Sunday, October 23rd


Lithuania - Second round of elections to the Seimas (parliament).

Geneva, Switzerland - BRICS Parliamentary Forum.

Geneva, Switzerland - October 23rd-27th - 135th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.


Somalia - October 23rd - November 10th - Parliamentary elections.