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The Week Ahead: February 17-23

February 23: The 70th anniversary of deportation of Chechens and Ingush to Central Asia and Siberia.

February 23: The 70th anniversary of deportation of Chechens and Ingush to Central Asia and Siberia.

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, February 17:

EU: European Parliament's Foreign Affairs Committee in Brussels is scheduled to discuss Moldova, Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan.

EU/Bosnia-Herzegovina: EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fuele visits Sarajevo.

EU/Georgia: European Parliament holds an exchange of views with Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze in Brussels.

EU/Iran: EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif hold a meeting in Vienna.
Ukraine: A conditional amnesty law that exempts detained protesters from criminal charges implemented.

TUESDAY, February 18:

: Vienna hosts another round of nuclear talks between the world powers and Iran (to February 20).

Iraq: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in Geneva is scheduled to review the situation with women’s rights in Iraq.

Pakistan/China: Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain makes an official visit to China (to February 21).

Russia/Middle East: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets his Gulf Arab counterparts in Kuwait for talks expected to focus on the Syrian conflict.

Ukraine: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) co-rapporteurs visit Kyiv to meet leading personalities on all sides of the current crisis and to explore possibilities for a peaceful resolution.

WEDNESDAY, February 19:

Azerbaijan/Georgia/Turkey: Foreign ministers of the three countries hold a meeting in Ganja, Azerbaijan.

Belarus: Index on Censorship presents in Brussels its new policy paper on media freedom in Belarus.

Cyprus: Nicosia hosts a meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe's Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to examine local and regional democracy in Armenia, as well as recent developments in Georgia, Moldova, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Ukraine.

Serbia: A delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) makes a pre-election visit to Serbia ahead of the early parliamentary elections (to February 20).

Ukraine: 60th anniversary of Crimea as a part of Ukraine.

U.S./Iran: The Atlantic Council in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Reestablishing U.S. Diplomatic Presence in Iran."

THURSDAY, February 20:

UN: World Day of Social Justice.

U.S./Bosnia-Herzegovina: Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) holds a discussion titled “Diplomatic Counterinsurgency: Lessons from Bosnia-Herzegovina.”

U.S./Moldova: The Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington hosts a discussion with Moldova's ambassador to the United States, Igor Munteanu, about U.S.-Moldovan relations, current trends in Moldovan society, and the Eastern Partnership.

FRIDAY, February 21:

SUNDAY, February 23:

Russia: The 70th anniversary of deportation of Chechens and Ingush to Central Asia and Siberia.

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