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The Week Ahead: January 11-17

Ukrainians go the polls for their presidential election on January 17.
Ukrainians go the polls for their presidential election on January 17.

The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

MONDAY, January 11:

United Nations: UN launches its International Year of Biodiversity.

Official Site: UN Environment Program (UNEP)

Background: "2010 Is International Year Of Biodiversity" ("The Independent")

TUESDAY, January 12:

: Constitutional Court considers Armenian-Turkish Protocols (PanARMENIAN.Net).

Background: "Pitfalls Remain As Turkey, Armenia Move Toward Reconciliation" (RFE/RL)

Balkans: The war crimes trial of Vojislav Seselj resumes in The Hague (Reuters).

Official Site: International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Broadcast Region: Freedom House releases its "Freedom In The World 2010" report.

Moldova: Negotiations begin on an EU-Moldova Association Agreement in Chisinau.

Official Site: Delegation of the European Union to Moldova
Background: "EU's Eastern Partnership Stuck In Low Gear" (RFE/RL)

Turkey/Russia: Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan visits Moscow (Trend).

WEDNESDAY, January 13:

Armenia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov begins a two-day visit to Yerevan to discuss the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh (Interfax).

Background: "Russia Foresees Breakthrough On Nagorno-Karabakh" (RFE/RL)

Broadcast Region: UN Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) publishes the report "On Protection Of Civilians In Armed Conflict."

THURSDAY, January 14:

Broadcast Region: The World Economic Forum publishes its "Global Risks Report 2010."

Broadcast Region: Asian Development Bank (ADB) releases a new study with a chapter on Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Georgia: Georgia hosts regional energy conference including Azerbaijan, Poland, the Baltic states, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkmenistan, and Kazakhstan (

OSCE: Permanent Council session opens (OSCE 2010 Chairmanship is held by Kazakhstan).

Official Site: OSCE Permanent Council
Background: "Former OSCE Chair Says Time Ripe For 'Serious Look' At Reform" (RFE/RL)

: European Court of Human Rights holds hearings on Yukos.

Official Site: European Court of Human Rights

Background: "Yukos Comes Back To Bite Putin" ("The Guardian")

FRIDAY, January 15:

Broadcast Region: World Bank releases the report "Connecting To Compete 2010: Trade Logistics In The Global Economy."

SUNDAY, January 17:

Ukraine: Presidential election

Official Site: Central Election Commission of Ukraine
Report: ODIHR preliminary report
Background: Factbox (Reuters)
Interview: Exclusive interview with President Viktor Yushchenko (RFE/RL)
Background: "The Difficulty Of Being Ukraine" ("The New York Times")

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