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The Week Ahead: March 11-17


March 15 marks the second anniversary of the ongoing uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

March 15 marks the second anniversary of the ongoing uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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

Now on Twitter! Daily updates at @The_Week_Ahead.




MONDAY, March 11:

Armenia/U.K.: British Permanent Under-Secretary Simon Fraser visits Yerevan (to March 12).

Azerbaijan/Croatia: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev pays an official visit to Zagreb (to March 12).

Croatia/Slovenia: Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa and his Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanovic sign an agreement settling banking row.

EU: European Day for Victims of Terrorism.

EU: The European Union Foreign Affairs Council meeting begins in Brussels.

EU: European Parliament Plenary Session opens in Strasbourg (to March 14).

Georgia/U.S.: The Georgian-U.S. military exercises "Combat Spirit 2013" start in Georgia.

Iran/Pakistan: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad inaugurate the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline.

Russia: The trial of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pretrial detention in 2009, begins in Moscow. (NOTE: The trial has been adjourned until March 22).

Serbia/EU: Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic, Prime Minister Ivica Dacic and First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic visit Brussels to meet EU officials.

Ukraine/Azerbaijan: A Ukrainian delegation headed by Energy Minister Eduard Stavitsky visits Baku (to March 12).

Uzbekistan/U.S.: Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Komilov and other high-level Uzbek officials visit Washington for talks (to March 13).

World: The International Criminal Court celebrates the 10th anniversary of its inaugural session in The Hague.


TUESDAY, March 12:

Armenia/Russia: Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian visits Moscow and meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Russia/Georgia: Aleksandr Ankvab, leader of Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, visits Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Serbia: Serbia marks the 10th anniversary of the assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic.

U.K./Afghanistan: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Is Peaceful Political Transition in Afghanistan Possible?"

UK/Russia: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Who is Vladimir Putin?"

World: Reporters Without Borders celebrates World Day Against Cyber-Censorship and awards the Netizen Prize, with the aim of drawing the public’s attention to the need to defend online free expression.


WEDNESDAY, March 13:

Georgia/U.K.: British Permanent Under-Secretary Simon Fraser visits Tbilisi.

UK/Russia: London hosts 2+2 format meetings of the Russian and UK foreign and defense ministers.

U.S./Ukraine: Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies hosts a discussion titled "Ukraine, Past and Future: A Debate."


THURSDAY, March 14:

Azerbaijan/U.K.: British Permanent Under-Secretary Simon Fraser visits Baku.

EU: EU leaders meet in Brussels for European Council meeting (to March 15).

EU: European Consumer Day.

EU/Kosovo: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton meets with Kosovar Premier Hashim Thaci in Pristina.

Russia: Russian President Vladimir Putin holds talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas in Moscow.

World: The International Institute For Strategic Studies (IISS) launches its annual military balance report.

UN: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) publishes its annual human development report.

U.S/Iran/Caucasus: Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies hosts a discussion titled "Iran and the Caucasus."


FRIDAY, March 15:

Belarus/Russia: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Russian President Vladimir Putin take part in a meeting of the Russia-Belarus Union Supreme State Council in St. Petersburg.

EU: The 8th annual Brussels Forum, a high-level meeting of the most influential North American and European thinkers, opens (to March 17).

Syria: Syria marks the second anniversary of the ongoing uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.


SATURDAY, March 16:

Iraq: Iraq commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Halabjah chemical weapons attack against Kurdish civilians.


SUNDAY, March 17:

Iran: Istanbul hosts the next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers.

Ukraine/Tajikistan: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych visits Dushanbe (to March 18).

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