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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, June 17:

Armenia/Spain: Armenian Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian visits Madrid.

Azerbaijan/Georgia: Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev meets with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania in Baku.

Belarus/U.S.: Washington hosts a screening of a film "Belarusian Dream," followed by a Q&A with experts about the human rights situation in Belarus.

EU/Armenia/Azerbaijan: The European Policy Center in Brussels hosts a discussion titled "Nagorno-Karabakh and the role of the EU."

UK: A two-day G8 summit opens in Northern Ireland with the Syrian conflict expected to be high on the agenda.

UN: World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought.

Uzbeskitan/EU: EU Special Representative for Central Asia Ambassador Patricia Flor visits Tashkent.


TUESDAY, June 18:

Azerbaijan/Kazakhstan: An Azerbaijani delegation, led by Economic Development Minister Shahin Mustafayev, visits Aktau for an Azerbaijani-Kazakh business forum (to June 19).

Belarus/Ukraine: Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka is scheduled to visit Kyiv.

EU/Gerogia: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele receives Georgian Parliament Speaker David Usupashvili in Brussels.

EU/Moldova: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele receives Moldovan Parliament Speaker Igor Corman in Brussels.

EU/Montenegro: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele receives Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Dukanovic in Brussels.

EU/Ukraine: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele receives Ukrainian Secretary of National Security and Defense Council Andriy Klyuyev in Brussels.

OSCE/Georgia: The OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara visits Tbilisi.

Russia: A youth summit, Y20 Russia 2013, opens in Saint Petersburg as part of the official program of Russia's G20 presidency (to June 21).

UK/Iran: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Iran After Ahmadinejad."

U.S./Iran: U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds a hearing in Washington titled "Elections in Iran: The Regime Cementing its Control."


WEDNESDAY, June 19:

EU/Croatia/Bosnia-Herzegovina: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele chairs a trilateral meeting of the European Commission with delegations of Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Brussels.

UK: One year since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sought refuge in Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

U.S./Germany: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.

U.S./Caucasus/Central Asia: The Atlantic Council in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Two Decades of Transition in Caucasus and Central Asia: Taking Stock and the Road Ahead."

U.S./Iran: The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Interpreting the Iranian Election."


THURSDAY, June 20:

Azerbaijan: Brussels hosts an assessment meeting on Individual Partnership Action Plan signed between NATO and Azerbaijan.

EU: European Commission hosts a second SpeakUp! conference in Brussels to assess the challenges faced by the media in the countries of the Western Balkans and Turkey.

EU/Armenia/Turkey
: European Policy Center in Brussels hosts a discussion titled "Turkey-Armenia relations – Bilateral and regional perspectives and challenges."

Iraq: Provincial elections in the Sunni-majority provinces of Anbar and Nineveh.

Russia: International Economic Forum opens in St. Petersburg (to June 22).

Russia: 35th Moscow International Film Festival opens (to June 29).

UK/Georgia: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion titled "Georgia's New Government: The Record So Far and Challenges Ahead."

UN: World Refugee Day.

U.S./Kazakhstan: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Kerri-Ann Jones travels to Kazakhstan (to June 26).


FRIDAY, June 21:

Azerbaijan/EU: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev visits Brussels, meets with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barosso.

EU: Economic and Financial Affairs Council opens in Luxembourg.

Pakistan: Pakistani government employees are expected to hold a rally calling for higher wages.

Russia/Germany: German Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to attend the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia (to June 21).

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