Global SITREP for Thursday, 21 March 2024 – Forward Observer

Global SITREP for Thursday, 21 March 2024

Good morning, and welcome to the Global Situation Report for Thursday, 21 March 2024.

  1. BRICS+ CONSIDERS FORMALIZING ITS INSTITUTIONS: The BRICS+ forum, Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is considering standing up governing bodies and institutes to formalize its processes instead of using its current network and summit approach.
  • This is in response to Saudi Arabia being invited into the bloc but not formally joining BRICS+.

Why It Matters: A governing body would likely act similarly to the European Union and begin to resemble a rival UN since BRICS members and applicants are spread globally. This could facilitate China’s multipolar world goal but also bifurcate the world and delegate diplomacy to supernational bodies instead of international ones. – J.V.

  • Americas Rollup
    • Mexican Presidential Candidate Xóchitl Gálvez called on the Mexican Government to ramp up its protests with the U.S. Government against Texas’ SB4 and promised to promote legal migration through specific work visas, recognizing the importance of Mexican labor in the movement of goods in U.S. territory.
  • Indo-Pacific Rollup
    • The U.S. Air Force announced yesterday that it had tested an air-launched hypersonic missile south of Guam on Sunday as part of weapons familiarization training.
    • South Korea and the U.S. are practicing river-crossing drills on the Imjin River near the North Korean border to verify interoperability.
  • Russia-NATO Rollup
    • France is prepared to send 20,000 troops into Ukraine and could command up to 40,000 allied troops, according to their Chief of the Army, Pierre Schill. Meanwhile, the Russian government claims 2,000 French troops are already in Ukraine.
  • Middle East Rollup
    • Israel is sending a defense ministry delegation to the U.S. to discuss its plans for the Rafah invasion, Palestinian civilian evacuation, and the elimination of Hamas.

THAT’S A WRAP: This does it for today’s edition. Thank you for reading. If you know folks who would also like to receive this email, would you please forward it to them? We appreciate you spreading the word. – M.S.

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