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)