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 new United Nations sanctions against North Korea, if enforced, are expected to cut the country’s refined oil imports by nearly a third. The measures also target North Korean textile exports. Does North Korea have the refining capacity necessary to replace the imports? How much does the North rely on textile exports?
Ukraine: There have been indications that a conscription drive may be in the works in Donbass. Is there anything unusual here? Is this an early sign of mobilization?
China, Malaysia: China docked a submarine in Malaysia just ahead of embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Naji