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March 8: International Women's Day.

March 8: International Women's Day.

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

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MONDAY, March 4:

Afghanistan: NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen visits Kabul for talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Azerbaijan: The Prague-based NGO People in Need gives its annual Homo Homini prize to Azerbaijani human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev.

Czech Republic: The 15th One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival opens in Prague (to March 13).

Georgia: The president and prime minister of Georgia are scheduled to meet in Tbilisi.

Iraq: Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil visits Baghdad.

Moldova: The chairman of Germany’s European Affairs Committee, Gunther Krichbaum, visits Moldova (to March 6).

Russia: A Moscow court holds a preliminary hearing in the trial of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pretrial detention in 2009.

Serbia/Kosovo: Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic is scheduled to meet his Kosovo counterpart, Hashim Thaci, in Brussels.

Ukraine/Russia: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, hold a meeting in Moscow, with energy-cooperation issues high on the agenda.

UK: Sotheby's selling exhibition of contemporary art from Central Asia and Caucasus opens in London (to March 12).

U.S./Russia: Washington hosts a Russia-related forum hosted by the Foreign Policy Initiative, Freedom House, and the Institute of Modern Russia.

U.S./Saudi Arabia: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits Riyadh for talks with the Gulf monarchies on Iran and Syria.

TUESDAY, March 5:

Armenia: A German delegation led by the Bundestag President Norbert Lammert visits Yerevan (to March 7).

Russia: The 60th anniversary of the death of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin.

Russia: The 60th anniversary of the death of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.

U.S./Pakistan: Carnegie Endowment in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Confronting the Bomb: Pakistani and Indian Scientists Speak Out."

U.S./Russia: Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Stalin’s Curse: Battling for Communism in War and Cold War."


U.S.: Hudson Institute in Washington hosts a discussion titled "The Rise of Islamism: Its Impact on Religious Minorities."

U.S./Russia: Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies hosts a discussion titled "Why Russia Is Not Stuck in the Cold War and Why That Is a Problem."

THURSDAY, March 7:

Afghanistan: Afghanistan’s ancient city of Herat hosts the country’s first International Women’s Film Festival (to March 9).

Armenia: Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius visits Yerevan.

OSCE: The Hague hosts an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

FRIDAY, March 8:

World: International Women's Day.

SATURDAY, March 9:

Russia/Georgia: Georgian folk dance group Erisioni performs at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

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