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The Week Ahead: November 14-20

November 19 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov.

November 19 marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov.

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

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.

MONDAY, November 14:

Azerbaijan: Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov visits Baku (to November 15).

Belarus: The United Nations Committee against Torture to review Belarus.

EU: The Foreign Affairs Council, chaired by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, to hold a meeting in Brussels to discuss the situation in Serbia and Kosovo, as well as political development in Afghanistan.

Iran: The International Institute For Strategic Studies in London holds a discussion titled "Engaging Iran."

Russia/Lebanon: Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia arrives in Beirut from Syria to pray with Orthodox believers and meet with Lebanese people and officials.

Turkmenistan/Pakistan: Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov visits Islamabad to discuss trade and energy relations.

Ukraine: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington holds a discussion titled "20 Years of Ukraine's Independence."

World: World Diabetes Day.

TUESDAY, November 15:

Afghanistan: The Asia Foundation releases the results of the 2011 national survey in Afghanistan.

Armenia: Yerevan mayoral election to be held.

Belarus: U.S. Helsinki Commission holds a hearing on Belarus.

EU/Azerbaijan: EU High Representative Catherine Ashton visits Baku.

Poland: Wroclaw hosts a trilateral summit of Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, German President Christian Wulff, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Iran: Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad attends the Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Doha, Qatar.

World: The Heritage Foundation in Washington holds a discussion titled "Legacies and Lessons from the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the USSR."

World: World marks the 30th annual Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

WEDNESDAY, November 16:

Afghanistan: Afghan President Hamid Karzai expected to convene a Loya Jirga in Kabul.

Azerbaijan: Amnesty International publishes its report on freedom of expression in Azerbaijan.

EU/Armenia/Georgia: EU High Representative Catherine Ashton visits Tbilisi and Yerevan (to November 17).

UN: International Day for Tolerance.

THURSDAY, November 17:

Armenia/Georgia: Armenian-Georgian intergovernmental economic committee forum is expected to begin in Tbilisi.

EU/Georgia: The vice president of the European Commission responsible for transport, Siim Kallas, pays an official visit to Tbilisi (to November 18).

EU/Russia: EU High Representative Catherine Ashton participates at the Permanent Partnership Council of the Foreign Ministers in Moscow (to November 18).

World: International Students' Day.

FRIDAY, November 18:

Moldova: Moldovan parliament is scheduled to try to elect a new president. (NOTE: Moldova is likely to postpone the election).

Russia: Presidents of Russia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan meet in Moscow to discuss current issues of integration in the Eurasian region.

Russia/France: French Prime Minister Francois Fillon visits Moscow to attend a meeting of the Russian-French Intergovernmental Commission.

SATURDAY, November 19:

Russia: Russia marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Russian scientist Mikhail Lomonosov.

Russia: St. Petersburg host a forum of nongovernmental organizations of the northern European countries and Russia (to November 21).

SUNDAY, November 20:

UN: Universal Children's Day.

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