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The Week Ahead: February 15-21

OSCE Chairman-in-Office Kanat Saudabayev visits the South Caucasus from February 15 to 17.
OSCE Chairman-in-Office Kanat Saudabayev visits the South Caucasus from February 15 to 17.

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

MONDAY, February 15:

Afghanistan: 21st anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Background: "Decades After Soviet Exit, Another Superpower Is Tied Down In Afghan Conflict" (RFE/RL)

South Caucasus: OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Kazakh Foreign Minister Kanat Saudabayev visits Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia (to February 17).

Background: "Kazakhstan Lays Out Vision For Controversial OSCE Chairmanship" (RFE/RL)

TUESDAY, February 16:

Iran: Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Tehran discusses diplomatic solution to controversy over Iran’s nuclear program.

Background: "Ankara's Iran Gambit" ("Hurriyet Daily News")

WEDNESDAY, February 17:

Kosovo - Second anniversary of Kosovo's declaration of independence from Serbia.

Background: "Independent Kosovo Prepares To Mark First Anniversary" (RFE/RL)

THURSDAY, February 18:

Croatia: Inauguration of Croatian President Ivo Josipovic.

Background: "Croatia's President-Elect Hopes To Help Stabilize Balkans" (RFE/RL)

FRIDAY, February 19:

Central Asia: The Special U.S. Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke visits Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Georgia (to February 22).

Background: "U.S. Mends Ties to Uzbekistan" ("The Wall Street Journal")

Serbia: 38th International Film Festival opens in Belgrade (to February 28).

SUNDAY, February 21:

World: UNESCO's International Mother Language Day.

Background: "Restricting Iran's Second Mother Tongue" (RFE/RL)

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