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.
Turkey: The pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, or HDP, held a major rally in southeast Turkey, while potato and onion prices have recently surged 100 and 300 percent, respectively. Because of upcoming elections this weekend, these developments take on special importance. HDP has generally supported Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. A BBC correspondent on the ground described the rally as the largest in the past three years, and one Kurdish paper said hundreds of thousands turned out. Meanwhile, inflation for basic food staples, which has bedeviled Iran all year, now has come home to roost in Turkey.