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The Week Ahead: November 11-17

November 16: International Day for Tolerance.

November 16: International Day for Tolerance.

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, November 11:

ASEM: The foreign ministers of Russia, China, and India attend the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in New Delhi (to November 12).

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The trials of Bosnian Serb wartime political leader Radovan Karadzic and Bosnian Serb wartime General Ratko Mladic continue in The Hague (to November 15).

Georgia/OSCE: Tbilisi hosts the 10th OSCE South Caucasus Media Conference (to November 12).

EU: Brussels hosts the Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) meeting.

IAEA/Iran: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Yukiya Amano visits Tehran.

Russia/Kazakhstan: Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the Kazakhstan-Russia Interregional Cooperation Forum in Yekaterinburg.

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat hosts the 8th United States-Central Asia Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council Meeting (to November 14).

UN: Warsaw hosts the Climate Change Conference (to November 22).

U.S./EU: The United States and the European Union resume free-trade negotiations in Brussels.

TUESDAY, November 12:

Azerbaijan/Turkey: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev makes his first official visit to Ankara after he was reelected as president (to November 13).

Czech Republic: The fifth International Symposium on the Czech Foreign Policy, themed "Democracy and Democratization," opens in Prague (to November 13).

Russia/Serbia/Egypt: A Russian military delegation led by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu visits Serbia and Egypt (to November 15).

Russia/Vietnam: Russian President Vladimir Putin makes an official visit to Hanoi.

UK/Caucasus: Chatham House in London hosts a discussion "Periphery or Priority? Scholarship, Policy, and the Caucasus."

U.S./Ukraine: U.S. Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman visits Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Lviv (to November 15).

U.S./Turkmenistan: Ashgabat hosts the U.S.-Turkmenistan Business Council meeting (to November 13).

WHO: World Pneumonia Day.

WEDNESDAY, November 13:

Kazakhstan: Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird visits Astana (to November 14).

Russia/PACE: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) President Jean-Claude Mignon visits Moscow (to November 14).

Russia/South Korea: Russian President Vladimir Putin makes an official visit to Seoul.

Ukraine: EU set deadline expires for Ukrainian parliament to pass a law allowing jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seek medical treatment in Germany if Kyiv wants to sign an EU Association Agreement later this month.

THURSDAY, November 14:

Georgia: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele meets with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze in Brussels.

Ukraine: An extraordinary plenary sitting of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, opens in Kyiv.

Ukraine/EU: Brussels hosts the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee meeting.

U.S./Russia: The U.S. delegation comprised of officers of the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security visits Moscow (to November 15).

WHO: World Diabetes Day.

FRIDAY, November 15:

World: The London-based nongovernmental organization PEN International marks the Day of the Imprisoned Writer.

SATURDAY, November 16:

Russia/U.S.: 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

Tajikistan: Inauguration ceremony of newly reelected Tajik President Emomali Rahmon takes place in Dushanbe.

UN: International Day for Tolerance.

SUNDAY, November 17:

Azerbaijan: National Revival Day.

Georgia: Inauguration ceremony of President Giorgi Margvelashvili takes place in Tbilisi.

WHO: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

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