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Watch List: Feb. 14, 2017

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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.

  • Philippines: The Russian ambassador to the Philippines told the media that Russia and the Philippines were discussing the possibility of joint military drills. Let’s find out what Russia is up to and keep a close watch kept on the Philippines due to its relevance to U.S.-Chinese relations.
  • Russia: Russia is conducting a snap check of the Western Military District’s readiness. Let’s find out if this is routine. The Russian media has discussed which sections are on alert, but they also suggested deployment of personnel and military hardware. Let’s get more clarity on whether this is true, and if so, where deployments are needed.
  • Russia: Another Russian governor has resigned, and President Vladimir Putin has appointed heads of National Guard directorates. As Russia’s reshuffle continues, let’s keep tracking it. Let’s also find out if there is anything notable about these latest moves.
  • Islamic State: IS engaged with the Syrian army in Aleppo and Palmyra. IS is facing a lot of pressure on its western axes. Let’s watch how IS responds and determine if this represents a significant challenge to the group when viewed in the context of yesterday’s Watch List item on fighting near Tabqa dam.