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The Week Ahead: August 2-8

U.S. and Russia Air Forces hold Vigilant Eagle 2010 joint exercises on August 6-14.

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

MONDAY, August 2:

Iran: The second meeting of Iranian expatriates starts in Tehran (to August 3).

Iran/Pakistan: 18th meeting of Iran-Pakistan Joint Economic Commission opens in Islamabad (to August 3).

Pakistan: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visits France.

UN: United Nations climate change conference begins in Bonn, Germany.

UN: 77th session of UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination opens in Geneva, Switzerland (to August 27).

TUESDAY, August 3:

Moldova: Moldovan Constitutional Court decides whether former Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin can run for president again.

Pakistan: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari visits U.K. (to August 8).

Background: "Zardari to visit UK as anger at Cameron boils over in Pakistan" ("The Guardian")

Russia: Soviet-era dissident writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn died two years ago today.

Background: Solzhenitsyn's 1970 Nobel Prize lecture

WEDNESDAY, August 4:

Iran: UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reports on Iran (to August 5).

World: Locarno film festival opens in Switzerland (to August 14).

THURSDAY, August 5:

Croatia: Croatia marks Victory and Homeland Thanksgiving Day.

Russia: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev holds negotiations with President of South Africa Jacob Zuma.

Uzbekistan: UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reports on Uzbekistan (to August 6).

FRIDAY, August 6:

Azerbaijan: Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov visits Turkey for talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Moldova/Georgia: Acting Moldovan President Mikhai Ghimpu visits Georgia.

Russia: U.S. and Russia hold Vigilant Eagle 2010 joint counterterrorism exercises (to August 14).

SATURDAY, August 7:

Georgia: The second anniversary of the Russia-Georgia war.

SUNDAY, August 8:

Azerbaijan: Dutch Justice Minister Hirsch Ballin visits Baku for talks with senior Azerbaijani officials.

Iran/Iraq: Tehran conference to review business opportunities and investment prospects in Iran and Iraq.

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