The items listed below represent potential emerging issues that our analysts are tracking. These can be long term or short term, but will be updated daily. If an item on our Watch List becomes critical, we will email you a full analysis explaining its significance. Each Saturday, we will follow up our daily Watch List for each week with our conclusions on these issues. Aug. 31, 2016 Afghanistan: The situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate. We need to map out exactly where the Taliban are putting pressure and how much force they are bringing to bear to get a sense of what is important and what isn’t. Russia: Russia continues to exercise around Ukraine, Moldova, the Caucasus and Crimea, while making somewhat friendly statements and overtures suggesting potential for negotiations. This situation is on constant watch. Uzbekistan: The Uzbek president’s life remains in the balance and succession remains unclear. Until there is some resolution to this issue, this will be on constant watch. Iran: President Hassan Rouhani has filed a legal complaint against those who have “insulted” the president. The National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Majlis and the intelligence unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps convened […]

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