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.
China: China is conducting naval exercises off the Korean Peninsula. We need to determine the size of these exercises, what they consist of, and where they are taking place. China appears to have shifted back to pressuring North Korea over its nuclear program. Is that the result of U.S. trade threats? The Chinese position needs to be examined closely.
Philippines: The U.S. is reportedly prepared to bomb Islamic State targets in the Philippines, although the Philippine government denies this. Is this a real possibility? It would mean the U.S. would have boots – forward air controllers, at least – on th