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The Week Ahead: January 17-23


Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to inaugurate the new Afghan Parliament on January 23.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to inaugurate the new Afghan Parliament on January 23.

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.


MONDAY, January 17:

Armenia: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian visits Cyprus and Greece (to January 18).

Azerbaijan/Latvia: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visits Riga (to January 18).

World: World Future Energy Summit opens in Abu Dhabi (to January 20).


TUESDAY, January 18:

Armenia: Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg visits Armenia (to January 21).

Georgia/Azerbaijan: Georgian Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze pays official visit to Baku.

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev makes working visits to Jordan and the Palestinian Authority (to January 19).

Russia/Chile: Russia and Chile introduce visa-free travel regime.

Ukraine/Japan: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych pays an official working visit to Japan (to January 20).


WEDNESDAY, January 19:

Russia: Anti-fascist demonstration to be held in Moscow to mark the second anniversary of the murders of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova.


THURSDAY, January 20:

Azerbaijan: Anniversary of Black January events of 1990, in which Soviet troops opened fire on demonstrators in Baku.

Iran/Russia: Iran’s permanent envoy to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh is scheduled to travel to Moscow (to January 21).


FRIDAY, January 21:

Afghanistan/Russia: Afghan President Hamid Karzai visits Moscow at the invitation of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Iran: Nuclear talks between the Iranian government and world powers (Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany) to resume in Istanbul (to January 22).

Iraq/U.K.: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to appear before Iraq war inquiry in London.

Russia/U.S.: Pretrial hearings in the Viktor Bout case to be held in New York.


SATURDAY, January 22:

Georgia/Armenia: Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze visit Yerevan (to January 23).

Ukraine: Ukrainian Unity Day.

World: The fifth annual Global Competitiveness Forum, a meeting of business leaders, politicians, and intellectuals, opens in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (to January 25).


SUNDAY, January 23:

Afghanistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai is expected to inaugurate the new Afghan Parliament. (NOTE: The inauguration has reportedly been postponed).

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