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.
Russia, Saudi Arabia: Russia’s nuclear agency Rosatom has sent proposals to Saudi Arabia for the construction of a nuclear power plant. Right now, cooperation between the two countries seems limited to energy. Is there any chance Russia could – or would want to – encourage Saudi Arabia’s nuclear capability? What would that mean for Iran?
Turkey: According to the Yeni Safak newspaper, Turkey delivered its first military shipment to Idlib, Syria, on Oct. 5. We need to examine the size of the Turkish force operating in Syria. Is it possible Turkey will go after Afrin, a Syrian Kurdish area, too?