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The Week Ahead: January 26 - February 1


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, January 26:
EU/Azerbaijan: EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn meets with Azerbaijan's state-owned oil company SOCAR Vice-President Elshad Nassirov in Brussels.​
Iran/Armeina: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif visits Yerevan (to January 27).
Lithuania​/Georgia: Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius visits Tbilisi for talks, including on Georgia's efforts to integrate with NATO and the European Union.
PACE: Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) winter session opens in Strasbourg (to January 30).​
Syria: Moscow hosts talks between Syrian opposition groups and a Syrian government delegation (to January 29).
Ukraine/Poland: Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council chief Oleksandr Turchynov visits Warsaw to discuss comprehensive cooperation in the security and defense sector and energy-related issues.
TUESDAY, January 27:
World: The Heritage Foundation, in collaboration with The Wall Street Journal, launches the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom.
WEDNESDAY, January 28:
EU: European Parliament Plenary Session starts in Brussels.
Iran/Azerbaijan: Iranian Economy Minister Ali Tayebnia visits Baku.
Russia: Russia’s Supreme Court is scheduled to consider a lawsuit on the dissolution of Russia’s Memorial human rights organization.
Turkey/Turkmenistan: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu visits Ashgabat (to January 29).
U.S./Ukraine: U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew visits Kyiv to meet with senior government officials and discuss additional U.S. assistance.
U.S.: U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hosts a hearing with Henry Kissinger titled The National Interest: Articulating The Case For American Leadership In The World.
U.S./South Caucasus: Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled Security and Energy Implications for the South Caucasus after Ukraine.
World: Freedom House releases its annual Freedom in the World report.
THURSDAY, January 29:
EU/Serbia: EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn meets with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic in Vienna.
Global: Human Rights Watch releases its annual World Report.
Iran: British, German, French, and Iranian diplomats meet in Istanbul to discuss Tehran’s nuclear program.
U.S./Europe: Wilson Center in Washington hosts a discussion titled Security Challenges in Europe in 2015.
FRIDAY, January 30:

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