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The Week Ahead: July 29-August 4


August 4: Presidents of Afghanistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and other regional leaders due to attend the inauguration of President-elect Hassan Rohani in Tehran.

August 4: Presidents of Afghanistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and other regional leaders due to attend the inauguration of President-elect Hassan Rohani in Tehran.

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, July 29:

Belarus: Russian and Georgian patriarchs visit Minsk to attend the events marking the 1,025th anniversary of the baptism of Kievan Rus.

Georgia: The Tbilisi City Court is expected to announce a verdict in former Interior Minister Bacho Akhalaia’s case.

EU/Egypt: European Union foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton visits Cairo to meet with the head of Egypt's armed forces and other officials.

Middle East: Israeli and Palestinian senior negotiating teams are set to meet in Washington to formally resume direct final-status negotiations (to July 30).

Ukraine: An observation mission from the European Parliament headed by former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former European Parliament President Pat Cox visits Ukraine.

U.S./Iran: The Atlantic Council in Washington holds a discussion titled "Iran: How a Third Tier Cyber Power Can Still Threaten the United States."


TUESDAY, July 30:

Pakistan: Presidential election.

U.S./Afghanistan: The Atlantic Council in Washington holds a discussion titled "Winding Down the War: What Roles for U.S. and NATO Forces in Afghanistan Post 2014?"

WEDNESDAY, July 31:

U.S./Central Asia: The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) hosts a briefing titled "The New Silk Road Strategy: Implications for Economic Development in Central Asia."

U.S./Egypt: The Carnegie Endowment in Washington holds a discussion titled "The New Political Order/Disorder in Egypt."

U.S./Iran: Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are scheduled to vote on a bill that seeks to cut Iran's oil exports.

U.S./Middle East: U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds a hearing titled "The Iran-Syria Nexus and its Implications for the Region."


THURSDAY, August 1:

Armenia: The first free-economic zone is scheduled to be launched.

Azerbaijan
: Day of Azerbaijani Alphabet and Language.

Georgia: Georgian government begins compulsory recount of the country's refugees.

Russia: A new intellectual property rights (antipiracy) law enters into effect.

Tajikistan/Russia: Tajik President Emomali Rahmon is scheduled to visit Moscow.

Ukraine: Ukrainians commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of Lesya Ukrainka, the foremost female writer in Ukrainian literature and a leading figure in its modernist movement.

U.S./Iran: U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds a hearing titled "Examining the State Department’s Report on Iranian Presence in the Western Hemisphere."


FRIDAY, August 2:

Russia: The 80th anniversary of the end of construction of the White Sea Canal (Belomor Canal), which connects the Baltic Sea with the White Sea, considered one of the largest forced-labor projects in the history of the Soviet Union.


SUNDAY, August 4:

Iran: Presidents of Afghanistan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and other regional leaders due to attend the inauguration of President-elect Hassan Rohani in Tehran.

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