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.
North Korea: The United States will be asking the United Nations to consider new sanctions, including an oil embargo, against North Korea. The measure would also include blocking textile exports from North Korea (the country’s second-largest export after coal) and preventing countries from receiving North Korea laborers, a major source of cash for the regime. A leaked U.N. report indicated that North Korea has been skirting sanctions, exporting $270 million in coal, iron and other commodities in the six months ending in early August. China has reportedly undertaken several other small measures to tighten th